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By Jorge Casuso
November 2, 2020 -- There were 43 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Santa Monica last week, reflecting a rising number of cases across Los Angeles County, although hospitalizations and deaths are down.
Santa Monica had averaged 25 weekly cases over the past three months before a cleared backlog contributed to 53 cases reported two weeks ago, according to a Lookout analysis of County Health Department data.
The number of Santa Monica residents who have died with the virus rose to 41 last week, marking the first death since the number was adjusted down in September following further investigation.
A total of 1,049 Santa Monica residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was reported in the beach city of some 93,000 on March 16, according to the data.
The 1,745 new cases confirmed on Wednesday marked the most reported since late-August not associated with a backlog of cases.
A weekly survey conducted by USC's Center for Social and Economic Research found a 57 percent increase since April in people reporting close contact with those they don't live with.
More than 10 percent of respondents reported they had been at a gathering of more than 10 people in the last 7 days.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to average less than 800 a day, marking a dramatic drop from 2,220 on July 31, according to County data. Of the 777 people with COVID-19 hospitalized on Sunday, 29 percent were in the ICU.
In addition, "there is often a lag between the time we start to see increases in cases and subsequent increases in hospitalizations," officials said.
Of those who have died, 93 percent had underlying health conditions, with the most common being hypertension, followed by diabetes and cariovascular disease.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that those who died with the coronavirus nationwide had an average of 2.3 underlying health conditions.
Testing results are available for nearly 3,160,000 individuals countywide, with 9 percent testing positive.
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