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Weekly Coronavirus Cases Hold Steady in Santa Monica
 

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By Jorge Casuso

September 21, 2020 -- Coronavirus cases in Santa Monica held steady for a second straight week after falling to a low not seen since May, according to data released by the County Health Department Sunday.

The 20 new weekly cases brings the total number of confirmed cases in Santa Monica to 853, with the number of deaths holding at 41 for the second week in a row.

The new confirmed cases follow 17 cases reported the previous week, the fewest since eight cases were confirmed the week of May 18, according to an analysis of the County data.

The drop in local weekly cases comes as the number of cases reached 261,446 in the County of more than 10 million, with 6,366 people dying after being infected with COVID-19.

Ninety-two percent of those who died had underlying health conditions, which according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) include influenza and pneumonia, respiratory failure, hypertensive disease and diabetes.

The County saw an increase in confirmed cases last week following a low of 474 cases on Monday after testing was reduced due to wildfire smoke.

The number of cases rose for the rest of the week, peaking at 1,343 on Friday before the case numbers dropped due to the reporting lull typical during weekends.

After spiking to nearly 3,000 daily cases in late July, the number of countywide cases had been holding fairly steady at 1,000 or fewer per day, according to County data.

"The difference between now and the early months of the pandemic, is that we have a much better idea of how to effectively protect each other from becoming infected," said County Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

"Given the reality that as many as 50 percent of those infected are able to transmit the virus to others may have no symptoms, taking universal precautions in every interaction with others who are not in your household, is absolutely essential," Ferrer said.

Last month, the CDC estimated the rate of infection could be ten times the confirmed number of cases, putting the countywide number at more than 2.5 million.

Testing results are available for more than 2,552,000 people with 9 percent testing positive, health officials said.

As of 8 p.m. Sunday, there were 749 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 28 percent in the ICU, down from 2,220 on July 31, according to County data.

County officials continued this month to crack down on businesses violating Health orders.

Since August 30, inspections have led to 46 citations issued to 25 establishments, County officials said on Monday.

"In some cases, these establishments were also closed because there were significant health and safety concerns or flagrant violations of the Health Officer Orders," health officials said.

The violations included operating indoors in violation of the State and County Health Officer Orders, officials said.


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