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Santa Monica Covid Cases Hit Seven-Week Low

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By Jorge Casuso

August 30, 2021 -- Santa Monica last week registered the lowest number of Covid cases in nearly two months and saw its first virus-related death in four months, according to data from Los Angeles County Health.

The 113 weekly cases marked the lowest since 52 cases were reported for the week ending July 7, following a weekly average of fewer than 9 cases in June.

The subsequent surge -- attributed to the rapid spread of the more contagious delta strain -- peaked with 343 cases during the week ending July 25.

Since the first coronavirus case was reported on March 16, 2020, there have been 6,157 confirmed cases in Santa Monica, which has a population of some 93,000.

A total of 184 residents have died with the virus, with the first new death since the week ending May 2 reported last week.

It typically takes about two weeks to confirm a virus-related death.

To date, County health officials have confirmed 1,405,387 positive cases of COVID-19 and 25,251 virus-related deaths across the County of more than 10 million residents.

The number of confirmed cases among adults has been dropping countywide over the past few of weeks, although it has increased among children, County officials said.

The number of patients with Covid in County hospitals declined for the fifth day in a row Sunday, when 1,687 people who tested positive hospitalized.

Testing results were available for nearly 8,110,000 individuals with 16 percent of those testing positive. The current test positivity rate is 2.4 percent.

As of last Thursday, 6,551,684 County residents over the age of 12 -- or 74.2 percent -- had been given at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

The percentage was higher in Santa Monica, where 69,853 residents -- or 82.8 percent -- were vaccinated.

Black residents of LA County have the lowest vaccination rate of any racial group, with little more than half of those over 12 -- 50.3 percent -- having received at at least one dose.

Latinos had the second-lowest vaccination rate with 59.3 percent vaccinated, while Asians had the highest, with 79.3 percent vaccinated.

Among White residents, 69.2 percent had received at least one dose, according to County Health.

A higher percentage of women -- 76.3 percent -- than men -- 71.7 percent -- were vaccinated as of last Thursday.

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