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Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Santa Monica See Steepest Daily Rise
By Jorge Casuso
March 23, 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica rose from seven to 12 during a 24-hour period, the steepest rise since the virus was first detected in the beach city one week ago.
But Santa Monica was far from the hardest hit community on the Westside. In Brentwood the number of cases reached 27, in West Hollywood 23 and in Beverly Hills it reached 12.
All three communities have populations less than half the size of Santa Monica's approximately 93,000 residents.
Los Angeles County health officials confirmed 128 new cases of the disease between noon Sunday and noon Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 536.
There were two deaths during the 24-hour period, with the total now at seven.
One of deceased was a resident of Glendale who was older than 65 and had "underlying health conditions," officials said.
The other was between 30 and 50 years old "from a location that is still under investigation."
Ninety people have been hospitalized, health officials said.
“We've seen a dramatic increase over the last 48 hours and sadly, we expect positive case counts to rise dramatically over the next three weeks," said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the County's Public Health Director.
"Assume that anyone can have COVID-19, and anyone could unintentionally infect others," Ferrer advised.
"Staying six feet away from others and limiting all non-essential activities outside our homes is the best way for us to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
Nine of the infected persons are 17 or younger, 217 are between 18 and 24, 198 are between 41 and 65 and 92 are older than 65.
The numbers do not include the 17 confirmed cases in Long Beach and the three in Pasadena.
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