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By Jorge Casuso

October 13, 2020 -- The number of weekly coronavirus cases in Santa Monica rose to their highest level in more than two months, while the number of deaths was adjusted down by one, according to Los Angeles Couty Health data.

There were 42 new cases of COVD-19 confirmed in Santa Monica last week, the highest weekly tally since 48 cases were reported on the week ending August 2.

The number of people with the coronavirus who died, however, was adjusted down from 41 deaths reported over the past month to 40 deaths after further investigation by health officials.

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It's not the first time deaths were adjusted down in Santa Monica, according to weekly data analyzed by the Lookout.

In the week ending September 6, health officials reported a total of 43 deaths in the city of 93,000. The number was adjusted the following week to 41.

The number of deaths attributed to coronavirus -- those who had COVID-19 when they died -- dropped last week from 178 the previous week to 127.

The number of coronavirus cases across the county of some 10 million has remained at a weekly average of 1,000 or fewer per day, down from more that 2,500 in late July.

The number of hospitalizations remains at around 700 a week, with 693 people in hospitals on Sunday, marking a dramatic drop from 2,220 on July 31. Of those hospitalized Sunday, 26 percent were in the ICU.

As of Sunday, there was a total of 282,982 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across tte County and 6,773 people were infected when they died.

Of those who have died, 93 percent had underlying health conditions.

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

About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, or about 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that those who died with the coronavirus had an average of 2.3 underlying health conditions.

The CDC also found that the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide is likely at least ten times greater, with many who are asymptomatic or showing only mild symptoms not being tested.

As of Sunday, testing results were available for more than 2.8 million individuals with 9 percent of them testing positive.

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