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Santa Monica Ranks 6th Countywide in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
 

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March 24, 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica rose from 12 to 16 in 24 hours, making it the sixth most infected area in Los Angeles County.

Of the 135 areas designated by County Health officials, the communities with the largest concentration of cases remain Brentwood and West Hollywood, each of which had 31 cases as of noon Tuesday.

The only other areas with more confirmed cases than Santa Monica were Melrose with 26, Long Beach with 21 and Hollywood with 19.

As of noon Tuesday, there were 662 confirmed cases countywide, an increase of 128 cases over the previous 24 hours, County health officials reported. A total of 62 cases are still under investigation.

Three new deaths were reported, including a youth under the age of 18 from Lancaster.

The two other individuals who died were between the ages of 50 and 70. One lived in West Adams; the other was "from a location that is still under investigation."

As of noon, 119 individuals who have tested positive for the virus have been hospitalized, County officials said.

“COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, race or income level," said County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer, "and what we are seeing in places like New York is indicative of what we should prepare to experience here."

Santa Monica on Monday announced it would fine those who violate orders issued during the coronavirus emergency ("City to Fine Those Who Violate Emergency Coronavirus Orders," March 23, 2020).

Fines as high as $1,000 per citation can be issued to those who defy orders to stay at home, shut down non-essential businesses, halt tenant evictions or keep away from the Santa Monica Pier.

Under the mandatory orders issued by the State and County, people can only leave home to visit gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats.

County Public Health officials have issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread:

  • If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days or until 72 hours after being fever free, whichever is longer.

  • Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen.

  • Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.

Ferrer urged the public to follow State and County orders to stay at home except to run essential errands and maintain the proper distance from another individual.

"While Public Health is doing everything possible to mitigate the impact of this disease in our community, we can only flatten the curve if EVERYONE takes social distancing seriously and adheres to all isolation and quarantine orders issued by our Health Officer,” she wrote.


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