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Coronavirus Cases in Santa Monica Approach 50
 

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By Jorge Casuso

March 30, 2010 -- Two weeks after Santa Monica's first coronavirus case was confirmed, the local case count reached 47 on Monday, with six new cases reported over 24 hours, according to data from the LA County Public Health Department.

More than two dozen of the cases confirmed in the beach city have been reported since Thursday, the data show.

County health officials -- who have been updating the figures at noon each day -- confirmed a total of 2,474 cases countywide as of noon Monday, up from 2,136 cases reported 24 hours earlier.

Health officials reported seven deaths on Monday, bringing the total to 44 in the County, which has more than 10 million residents.

Of the newly deceased, six were older than 65 and the other was between 41 and 65, officials said. Six, including the younger person, had pre-existing conditions.

Of the 44 persons who have died in the County so far, 86 percent had underlying health conditions.

Six of the deaths have taken place in nursing homes, health officials said. Eleven full-time elderly care facilities have had three of more cases of the virus.

“For us, this is the mark of an outbreak at a facility,” said County Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “Staff, residents and family at these institution have been notified.”

As of Sunday, more than 15,500 people had been tested, with 12 percent of those testing positive, health officials said.

Of those, 492 people have been hospitalized, with 21 percent in intensive case units.

Healthcare workers account for dozens of the positive cases, Ferrer said.

There have been two positive cases among the homeless, and a staff member for a homeless service provider also has tested positive, officials said.

Santa Monica continued to be a county hotspot, ranking fifth in the number of confirmed cases among the County's 88 ciities.

Los Angeles led with 1,171 cases, up from 1,020 reported Sunday, followed by Long Beach with 99, up from 88; Glendale with 62, up from 46, and West Hollywood with 53, up from 52 cases.

Two the 140 designated areas in the City of LA surpassed Santa Monica's total number of cases -- the Melrose area had 82, up from 71 on Sunday, and Hollywood had 49, up from 44 cases.


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