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Santa Monica Sees Surge in Coronavirus-Related Deaths, Cases Remain Steady
By Jorge Casuso
March 1, 2021 -- Coronavirus-related deaths in Santa Monica last week matched a record 16, while the number of weekly confirmed cases remained steady, according to LA County Health data.
The local weekly death toll matched the record set during the week ending January 10, while the 81 cases was the lowest since 43 cases were reported the last week of October.
The latest data reported through 6 p.m. Sunday brings the total number of confirmed cases in Santa Monica to 4,332. The 82 cases was one more than the previous week.
Meanwhile, the number of Santa Monica residents who have died with the virus reached a total of 149, with the number of deaths surging after three coronavirus-related deaths were reported the previous week.
The number of deaths reflects those that took place several weeks earlier, since the deaths of those with COVID-19 can take officials as long as two weeks to confirm and report.
As of Sunday, County Health officials identified 1,192,895 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 21,467 deaths.
The seven-day average number of cases has dropped to fewer than 1,000 per day after peaking at more than 15,000 cases on January 8, health officials said.
There are 1,578 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, with 31 percent -- or about 489 patients -- in the ICU, down from about 1,740 in the ICU in mid-December.
That compares with 2,146 people hospitalized last week, with about 665 in the ICU, according to the data.
Nearly 1,960,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the County of some 10 million. Of those vaccinated, 600,497 people have received second doses.
In Santa Monica, 17,154 of the approximately 93,000 residents have been vaccinated.
Starting Monday, workers in the fields of education and childcare, food and agriculture, and emergency services and first responders become eligible to receive vaccinations.
According to local School District officials, teachers and staff began receiving vaccinations on Monday through a partnership with Providence Saint John’s Health Center.
An agreement between The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the local teachers union requires vaccines to become available 15 days before elementary schools can begin reopening.
Under the agreement, the schools would be open starting March 15 for a maximum of two days a week for limited activities ("District Elementary Schools Could Reopen By Mid-March," February 22, 2021).
The staff of 2,000 will be cycled through with appointments available daily until complete, District officials said.
The District will submit a safety plan required by the County on Tuesday, officials said. The plan will be posted on the district’s website coronavirus page
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