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By Jorge Casuso

April 1, 2020 -- The number of coronavirus cases in Santa Monica reached 53 on Wednesday, as Los Angeles County health officials reported 11 deaths, the highest daily toll to date.

Santa Monica cases rose from 49 to 53 on a day that saw 513 new cases countywide, down from 548 reported Tuesday.

A total of 3,518 coronavirus cases have been identified in LA County, which has a population of more than 10 million residents.

Of the 11 persons who died Wednesday, nine were older than 65, one was between 41 and 65 years of age and another was between 18 and 40, health officials said.

Except for two of the deceased who were over 65, all the others reported underlying health conditions, officials said. Some of the new cases are still under investigation.

To date, 733 people who tested positive for the virus, or 20 percent, have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, health officials said.

"Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and capable of spreading the virus to others," health officials said in a statement Monday.

"New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that we need to think about using universal precautions all the time – assuming that each of us can infect others even when we aren’t sick," officials said.

County Health Director Barbara Ferrer echoed President Trump's warning Tuesday that "we're going to go through a very tough two weeks."

"The hard truth is we have some difficult days ahead as we work tirelessly to flatten the curve of this horrible virus," Ferrer said.

"Though the end may not be as close as we’d like, if we all continue to do our part to slow the spread," she said, "we will get to the end of the COVID-19 crisis more quickly, together.”

Slowing the spread will require "staying home, social distancing, self-isolating when we are positive or presumed positive, and self-quarantining if we are close contacts of a positive case," Ferrer said.

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