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Two New Cases of Coronavirus in Santa Monica, As Trend Slows
 

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By Jorge Casuso

March 25, 2020 -- After a two-day surge saw confirmed cases of the coronavirus more than double to 16 in Santa Monica, County Health officials reported two new cases over a 24-hour period.

That brought the number of cases in the beach city to 18 as of noon Wednesday, according to data released by Los Angeles County health officials.

It marked the fewest number of new cases in Santa Monica since two were reported last Wednesday, although the city still ranks sixth among 135 areas countywide.

Brentwood leads with 34 cases, up from 31 Tuesday, followed by West Hollywood, which held steady at 31.

The two communities -- which each have less than half of Santa Monica's population of approximately 93,000 -- are also densely packed with renters.

Santa Monica's two new cases were among the 138 reported in the County between noon Tuesday and noon Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 799.

Three new deaths were reported during the 24 hours, with the deceased all over the age of 65 and having underlying health conditions, County health officials said.

One of those who died lived in Gardena, the other in Wilmington, while the third case is still under investigation.

As of Wednesday, 160 persons tested positive and have been hospitalized, health officials said. There are 56 cases still under investigation.

On Wednesday, the County Health Department issued orders "to ensure that individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive" are required to self-isolate for seven days and three days of being symptom free.

Additionally, those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive must quarantine themselves for 14 days from their last exposure to that person, officials said.

County Health officials advise everyone to adhere to all the social distancing measures and practice good public health hygiene, including washing hands as frequently as possible.

“Please help us reduce the number of people with serious illness by doing your part," said Barbara Ferrer, the County's Public Health Director.

"Social distancing is hard -- so take advantage of some of the activities offered by our County departments," she said.

These include virtual workouts, e-books and virtual story hours for kids through the Library, virtual museum tours by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and services from the Department of Mental Health for "those who may being feeling stressed, depressed or anxious during this difficult time,” Ferrer said.


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