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Coronavirus Cases Decrease in Santa Monica for Second Straight Week
 

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June 22, 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica dropped for a second straight week, bucking a countywide trend that saw cases spike as test results approach one million, according to County Health Department data.

There were 24 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Santa Monica last week, down from 30 the previous week after the numbers reached a record 52 cases during the first week of June, the data show.

There were four deaths reported in the beach city last week, bringing the total to 28.

In LA County, there were 85,942 confirmed cases reported as of 8 p.m. Sunday and 3,137 deaths. Ninety-three percent of those who died had underlying health conditions, officials said.

According to County Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the daily death toll has been decreasing since early May, when the number of deaths reached an average of 45 to 46 per day.

Since early June, the daily death rate dropped to between 20 and 30, Ferrer said. On Sunday, a day that typically sees fewer reported cases, 18 new deaths were were confirmed by the County, Ferrer said.

County officials are keeping an eye on the number of infected patients being hospitalized and the rate of positive cases.

Both of those could rise with the reopening of businesses and beaches, and the ongoing protests over the police killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day, officials said.

On Sunday, there was a total of 1,453 patients in hospitals across the county of 10 million. Of those, 28 percent were in the ICU and 19 percent were on ventilators.

Sunday marked the third day in a week with more than 2,000 reported cases, with testing results available now for more than 960,000 individuals, Ferrer said. Eight percent have tested positive.

“While the most critical numbers for us to watch are daily hospitalizations and deaths, and these numbers remain stable, we are mindful that positive cases across the County have increased," Ferrer said on Saturday.

"This reflects both high rates of testing and increased community transmission over the past few weeks," she said.

"Many businesses and spaces reopened in the last month, and residents have found themselves in crowded situations at boardwalks, bars, and protests."

The number of confirmed cases in Santa Monica nursing homes also decreased last week to 18, from 24 the previous week. As of Sunday, there have been 279 cases reported and 36 deaths, up from 32 the previous week.

Of the nine local nursing homes that have reported at least one case of the coronavius, seven have now also reported at least one death.

Three local nursing homes -- Ocean Pointe Healthcare Center, the Rehabilitation Center of Santa Monica and Beachwood Post-Acute & Rehab -- accounted for 32 of the 36 deaths. Four other nursing homes reported one death each.

Of the 279 confirmed cases, 107 were among staff and 172 among residents, according to the County data.


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