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Santa Monica Coronavirus Cases Reach 62 After Six New Cases Reported Friday

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April 3, 2020 -- The number of new coronavirus cases in Santa Monica rose by six on Friday, bringing the total to 62, as Los Angeles County's count held steady for the fourth straight day.

LA County reported 521 new cases Friday, after confirming 548 cases on Tuesday, 513 on Wednesday and 534 on Thursday, according to data provided by the County Public Health Department.

There were 11 deaths reported Friday, down from a high of 13 on Thursday.

Of the 11 newly deceased, seven were older than 65, three were between 41 and 65 and one was between 18 and 40 years old, officials said.

Except for one of the three individuals between 41 and 65, the others who died all had underlying health conditions, County officials said.

To date, 4,566 cases have been confirmed in the County of slightly more than 10 million. Of those, 89 have died, officials said.

A total of 1,018 people who tested positive for COVID-19 -- 22 percent of positive cases -- have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

The number of new daily cases is expected to double to more than 1,000 as the County reaches its goal of testing 10,000 people a day, said County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

"With more people infected, there can be increased spread if we all aren’t physically separating ourselves from others at every opportunity," Ferrer said.

"And while it may make sense for people to wear a cloth face-covering when they need to be out of their homes to protect others from respiratory secretions, staying home when ill, frequent handwashing, and physical distancing remain our best protection against the spread of COVID- 19.

"We ask everyone to do their part and not use any medical masks for face covering, reserving our limited supply of N95 and surgical masks for healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers in close contact with those who are ill,” Ferrer said.

The six new Santa Monica cases Friday bring the total reported this week to 21.

The other 41 cases were reported between March 17 and March 29, according to County data.

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