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Coronavirus Cases Spiked in Santa Monic Last Week; Seven Deaths Reported
By Jorge Casuso
May 11, 2020 -- Coranavirus cases spiked in Santa Monica last week, with 63 confirmed cases and seven reported deaths, five of them in local nursing homes.
Of the new cases, 35 were reported among residents citywide and 28 in local nursing homes, according to Los Anegles County data released Sunday.
Two Santa Monica residents who had the coronavirus died last week, bringing the citywide total to 11.
Five residents of local nursing homes died, bringing the death toll to 17 at three Santa Monica long-term care facilities.
County data does not indicate if any of the nursing home residents who have died are among the Santa Monica residents included in the city's death toll.
The number of Santa Monica residents who tested positive for the virus last week rose to 35 after dipping to a low of 21 the previous week. Of the cases last week, 19 were reported on Monday and Tuesday.
The spike is partly attributed to a rise in testing, with results available for more than 245,000 individuals as of Sunday. Of those tested, 11 percent were positive.
LA County health officials reported 484 new cases of the virus on Sunday and 18 deaths.
Of those who died, ten had underlying health conditions and 12 were over the age of 65.
To date, 92 percent of the people who had the virus when they died had underlying health conditions and about half were residents of nursing homes.
In Santa Monica, six nursing homes have reported at least one case of COVID-19, with 90 percent of the cases concentrated at three facilities.
The Rehabilitation Center reported 50 cases -- 34 of them among residents and 16 among staff -- and ten deaths.
Ocean Pointe Healthcare Center has had 39 confirmed cases -- 30 residents and nine staff -- and three deaths.
While there have been 37 cases reported at Beachwood Post-Acute & Rehab -- 23 residents and 14 staff -- and four deaths.
The number of positive cases reported at nursing homes has increased after the County issued an order on April 23 mandating all licensed congregate healthcare facilities to test all residents and staff.
Many of the cases confirmed at California facilities came after Governor Newsom's administration issued an order on March 30 requiring skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to accept patients infected with the coronavirus in an effort to free up hospital beds.
To date, public health officials have identified 31,677 positive cases and a total of 1,530 deaths in the county of ten million.
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