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Two New Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in Santa Monica as County Sees Record Surge
 

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March 31, 2020 -- After 26 coronavirus cases were reported in Santa Monica over the past four days, there were two cases confirmed on Tuesday, bringing the total for the beach city to 49.

The modest increase came as the number of new cases in Los Angeles County surged by 548 on Tuesday, the biggest one-day jump so far, according to the latest data released by health officials.

That brings the total number of countywide cases to 3,011, with 890 taking place within 48 hours, officials said.

There were ten deaths reported Tuesday, the highest daily toll to date, bringing the total number of deaths to 54.

Of the ten deceased, six were over the age of 65, two were between 41 and 65 and two were between the ages of 18 and 40.

Except for one of the younger individuals, the rest had reported underlying health conditions.

To date, 594 people who tested positive for the virus, or 20 percent, have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, health officials said.

“This is the highest daily number of deaths we've reported to date, and our hearts go out to every family who has experienced loss related to this pandemic,” said County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

“Though we expect to continue to see a rise in positive COVID-19 cases and sadly, deaths in the weeks to come, it is crucial that we continue to stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing if we must go out for essential services, self-isolate when we are sick, and self-quarantine if exposed to someone who is sick.

"We are all in this together.”

Current County Health orders prohibit any public or private gatherings or events and temporarily close all beaches and hiking trails throughout the County of more than 10 million residents.

Only essential businesses can remain open, and individuals are asked to stay home except to obtain essential goods or services. The orders will continue through April 19.

This week, the County began calculating the number of cases per 100,000 for the County's 88 cities, the 140 designated areas in the City of Los Angeles and unincorporated areas of the County.

Santa Monica, with an estimated population of 93,000, ranked sixth among cities with a rate of approximately 52 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents.

West Hollywood had the highest rate with 156, followed by Manhattan Beach with a rate of 114 confirmed cases, Palos Verdes Estates with 102, Beverly Hills with 101 and Redondo Beach with 56.

County health officials noted that the rate is "crude" and represents the number of cases divided by the underlying population.

However, it "allows for the proportional comparison of cities of different sizes," officials said.


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