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3 Covid-Related Deaths Reported in Santa Monica as Confirmed Cases Hold Steady

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November 24, 2021 -- Three new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Santa Monica over the past eight days, with two of them reported Tuesday, according to data from Los Angeles County Public Health.

The three deaths -- which typically take about two weeks to be reported -- bring the total number of virus-related deaths in the beach city to 192.

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Santa Monica have remained steady over the past five weeks, with an average of 83 cases, according to an analysis of the County data.

The total number of Covid cases confirmed in the city of some 93,000 since the first case was reported 20 months ago was 7,050 as of Monday.

The newly reported local deaths come as virus-related deaths countywide surpassed 27,000 over the weekend, reaching 27,046 on Monday.

There have been 1,521,197 confirmed cases of the virus in the County of more than 10 million.

The Delta variant which rapidly spread after emerging in May, now accounts for 100 percent of cases sequenced, County officials said.

A growing number of cases are being reported among those who are fully vaccinated, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In the week starting September 26, unvaccinated people were about five times more likely to test positive for the virus than those who were vaccinated, down from 15 times more likely in May, according to CDC data adjusted and updated Monday.

According to health officials, the vaccines continue to be effective in preventing virus-related deaths and hospitalizations, but breakthrough cases can be serious.

As of November 16, County health officials identified 75,249 people who were fully vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19, which represents about 1.3 percent of the nearly 6 million vaccinated.

Of the fully vaccinated people who tested positive, 2,528 have been hospitalized, and 422 have died, Health officials said.

"On October 30, the risk of death was 70 times higher among unvaccinated people than among those who had been vaccinated," officials said.

The new CDC data comes after the agency approved booster shots for all adults.

County Health officials say that while booster shots are now available to all fully vaccinated adults 18 years and older, "uptake has been uneven in L.A. County."

As of November 17, nearly 1 million additional or booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to the 4.8 million County residents eligible, Health officials said.

"Booster uptake has been lower in hardest-hit, highest-need ZIP codes, than in other ZIP codes," officials said.

In the "high-need" Zip codes, 6.9 percent of residents had received booster shots as of November 11, compared with 12.6 percent in other ZIP codes, according to County data.

On Monday there were 558 people with Covid-19 hospitalized countywide, with 156 in the ICU, according to County data.

The number includes all patients who tested positive for the virus, regardless of the reason they were hospitalized.

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.

Testing results were available for more than 9,357,000 individuals, with 15 percent of people testing positive. Monday's test positivity rate was 1.1 percent.

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