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COVID Cases Spike in Santa Monica With No New Deaths
 

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By Jorge Casuso

July 14, 2021 -- Santa Monica saw COVID cases spike last week, reflecting a countywide trend, but the number of virus-related deaths was reduced by one, according to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

As of Monday, there were 68 new coronavirius cases reported in Santa Monica over the previous week following a weekly average of fewer than 9 cases the previous month.

That brings the total number of cases in the beach city of some 93,000 to 4,980, according to County data. There have been 182 confirmed deaths related to the virus.

That is one fewer death than the 183 confirmed as of May 2. "The numbers are subject too change based on further investigation," according to the County website.

Given the adjustment, the number of virus-related deaths has held steady in Santa Monica since early April.

The rise in local COVID cases comes as LA County has seen a jump in cases from a five-day average of 201 a month ago to 1,095, a 500 percent increase.

County Health officials attribute the dramatic increase in cases to the Delta variant, which they say is "highly contagious" among those who are unvaccinated

"The Delta variant has been the most commonly sequenced variant in L.A. County since the beginning of June, now accounting for the majority of variants of concern identified by labs," Health officials said last week.

Despite heightened concerns, the Delta variant is less fatal than previous variants, according to County data.

The number of deaths reported across the County of 10 million last week -- 40 -- was fewer than the 50 reported in the week of May 31, when the total number Delta-related infections identified countywide was 64.

As of Monday, 376 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in LA County, according to County health. Of those some 86 were in the ICU.

There are approximately 17,000 licensed non-ICU beds and 2,500 licensed ICU beds in the County's 70 designated 9-1-1 receiving hospitals, based on hospitals' daily self-report.

As of July 9, at total of 5,766,856 LA County residents over the age of 16 had received one vaccine dose, representing 69.3 percent of that population.

Blacks had by far the lowest vaccination rate, with 311,382, or 45.3 percent of those over 16 having received at least one dose.

That compares with 65 percent of whites, 76 percent of Asians and 54.7 percent of Latinos.

In Santa Monica, 64,061 of those over 16, or 78.6 percent, had received at least one dose.

To date, Public Health officials have identified 1,261,068 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County and a total of 24,563 virus-related deaths.

Testing results are available for more than 7,134,000 County residents, with 16 percent testing positive.


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