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Weekly COVID-19 Cases in Santa Monica Reach Highest Level in a Month

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By Jorge Casuso

October 6, 2020 -- There were 30 new cases of the coronavirus reported in Santa Monica last week, the most in a month, according to data released by County Health officials Monday.

The number of confirmed cases had been ticking up in Santa Monica since the second week of September, when it fell to the lowest weekly level since May, an analysis of the data show. There were no deaths reported last week.

As of 8 p.m. Sunday there was a total of 906 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 41 deaths in the city of some 93,000, according to the County data. The number of deaths has held steady for a month.

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The slight increase in coronavirus cases comes as the number of cases across Los Angeles County remained at a weekly average of 1,000 or fewer per day, down from more that 2,500 in late July.

As of Sunday, there was a total of 274,942 confirmed cases and 6,654 deaths across the County of more than 10 million.

The number of cases is likely at least ten times greater, with many who are asymptomatic or showing only mild symptoms not being tested, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Testing results are available for nearly 2,727,000 individuals in the County, with 9 percent of all people testing positive.

There were 178 deaths reported countywide last week. Of those who have died with the coronavirus, 92 percent had underlying health conditions.

Of the deaths reported, the most common underlying condition was hypertension, followed by diabetes and cariovascular disease.

On Sunday, 674 confirmed cases were hospitalized, marking a dramatic drop from 2,220 on July 31. Of those hospitalized Sunday, 27 percent were in the ICU.

As the number of confirmed cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, the County is beginning to reopen certain businesses and classrooms for the youngest students.

Beginning Monday, schools can apply for a waiver to reopen their classrooms for in-person instruction for students in transitional kindergarten (TK) through the 2nd grade.

The reopenings must be supported by employees and parents, and the schools must show they are in compliance with all required infection control protocols.

Last Thursday, nail salons resumed indoor services at 25 percent capacity, while services provided outdoors "should continue as much as possible," health officials said.

On Monday, cardrooms were allowed to reopen but only outdoors. Face coverings are required and foood and beverages cannot be served at the tables, officials said.

On Wednesday, indoor shopping malls will be allowed to reopen with occupancy limited to 25 percent capacity. Food courts and all common areas remain closed.

Outside playgrounds can reopen at the discretion of cities and L.A. County Parks and Recreation, health officials said. Face coverings and physical distancing are required.

"Public Health continues consulting with County Counsel on the process for re-opening outdoor operations at breweries and wineries serving a meal," officials said.

"All operators of businesses that are allowed to reopen are required to implement all Public Health protocols before reopening to ensure compliance and avoid citations, fines and possible closure," health officials said.

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