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Santa Monica Surpasses 600 Coronavirus Cases

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July 27, 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica surpassed 600 on Sunday, although new cases held steady for the second week in a row after posting a record high.

Santa Monica's 47 new cases confirmed last week was one case more than the previous week, which followed a record 65 cases in the week ending July 12.

That brings the total number of cases in the City of some 93,000 to 601 as of 8 p.m. Sunday and the number of deaths to 37, two more than the previous week.

In Los Angeles County there have been 176,028 cases confirmed and 4,375 deaths in the county of 10 million.

Since May, most of those infected with COVID-19 have been between the ages of 18 and 49, with those between the ages of 30 and 49 accounting for "the largest proportion of cases and roughly the same proportion of cases as seen since May," health officials said.

"Other age groups are flat or decreasing slightly."

The spike in cases among younger residents comes after businesses in the county reopened and large, ongoing protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis began in late May, County health officials have noted.

The 2,017 new cases and 17 deaths confirmed on Sunday are expected to increase after the weekend, which typically sees a drop in the number of cases reported.

"Public Health anticipates receiving a backlog of cases in the coming days," officials said Monday.

Of the new deaths reported Sunday, seven were over the age of 80 and seven were between the ages of 65 and 79, according to County Health data, which previously combined cases over 65.

One of those who died with the virus was between the ages of 50 and 64 and two were between 30 and 49.

Fourteen of those who died had underlying health conditions, which include immune disorders, diabetes, obesity and chronic conditions that affect the lungs, heart and kidneys.

Of those who have died with the coronavirus, 92 percent had underlying health conditions.

A total of 11,481 healthcare workers and first responders have confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the County and 74 have died.

"Health care workers who are employed in skilled nursing facilities, and long-term care facilities continue to make up the highest proportion of cases at 35 percent," health officials said.

There were 2,017 confirmed cases hospitalized on Sunday, down from 2,232, the previous Sunday. An additional 535 suspected cases were also hospitalized.

Of the confirmed cases hospitalized, 29 percent were in the ICU -- up from 26 percent the previous Sunday -- and 18 percent of confirmed and suspect cases were on ventilators.

Testing results are available for nearly 1,649,000 individuals with 10 percent of all people testing positive.

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