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Santa Monica Sees Spike in Coronavirus Cases as County Closes Area Beaches

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By Jorge Casuso

March 27, 2019 -- The number of coronavirus cases in Santa Monica rose by seven to 28 on Friday, as County health officials temporarily closed area beaches and hiking trails.

The Santa Monica cases were among 249 new cases confirmed by the County between noon Thursday and noon Friday, down from 417 cases reported over the previous 24 hours.

As of noon Friday, there were 1,465 confirmed cases countywide and 26 reported deaths due to the cornonavirus, up from 21 the previous day.

Of those who have tested positive, 317, or 21 percent, have been hospitalized, health officials said.

Friday's beach and trail closures come after a "recent dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases, and increased usage of beaches and hiking trails by many groups of people," County officials said.

“The crowds we saw at our beaches last weekend were unacceptable,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn. “In order to save lives, beaches in LA County will be temporarily closed.

"I understand that this is a huge sacrifice for everyone who enjoys going to our beaches. But we cannot risk another sunny weekend with crowds at the beach spreading this virus.

"This closure is temporary and we can always reopen these beaches when it is safe to do so,” Hahn said.

Santa Monica closed its beach parking lots last Sunday after thousands of beachgoers flocked to the city's coastline ("Santa Monica Closes Beach Lots," March 22, 2020).

The daily spike in Santa Monica cases comes after the County reported five cases over the previous 48 hours in the beach city.

Santa Monica's 28 confirmed cases ranked fifth among LA County's 88 cities.

Los Angeles led with 618 cases, followed by Long Beach with 54, West Hollywood with 42 and Glendale with 29.

Of the 140 areas in Los Angeles designated by the County Health Department, two had more cases than Santa Monica -- the Melrose area with 49 and Brentwood with 30.

There were a total of 31 confirmed cases in unincorporated areas of the County.

Of the total cases, 143 are under investigation.

Friday was the first time County health officials reported the new numbers under a different geographic system.

Previously it had divided the County into 135 areas, including many within the City of Los Angeles.

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