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Weekly COVID-Related Deaths in Santa Monica Hit Eight-Month High

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November 29, 2021 -- There were five COVID-related deaths reported in Santa Monica last week, the most in nearly eight months, according to LA County Health data.

The deaths -- which typically take about two weeks to be reported -- bring the total number of virus-related deaths in the beach city to 195.

Half of the 12 deaths reported since early May, have been reported over the past two weeks, according to a Lookout analysis of County data.

The five deaths confirmed last week marked the largest number of COVID-related deaths in Santa Monica since 18 were reported during a 12-day stretch in late March and early April.

At that time, less than one-third of Santa Monica residents were vaccinated, compared to 85 percent as of last Wednesday.

Last week, the total number of confirmed weekly cases in Santa Monica dipped to 57, the lowest level since early October, after averaging 83 cases over the past five weeks.

However, that is likely due to fewer tests being administered during the Thanksgiving holiday break, County officials said

Still, the recent tallies compare to 343 weekly cases confirmed in Santa Monica in late July during the peak of the more contagious, but far less deadly, delta variant, which now accounts for 100 percent of the cases sequenced countywide.

As of Sunday there have been 7,097 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the city of some 93,000 residents since the first local case was reported on March 16, 2020.

The number of local cases reflects a countywide drop last week to 5,811 confirmed cases -- down from 8,241 cases the previous week, likely due to the fewer tests.

There were 124 deaths reported in the County of 10 million last week, a rate more than four times lower than Santa Monica's death rate last week, according to the County data.

As of Sunday, 1,526,272 LA County residents had contracted the virus, and 27,138 had died.

There are 568 patients with COVID-19 currently hospitalized in LA County, which has a total of 19,500 licensed hospital beds, according to County officials.

Testing results are available for more than 9,413,000 individuals, with 15 percent testing positive.

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