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17 New Coronavirus Cases, Three Deaths Reported in Santa Monica So Far This Week

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By Jorge Casuso

May 12, 2020 -- A total of 16 Santa Monica residents and one nursing home staff member tested positive for the coronavirus Monday and Tuesday, as Los Angeles County Health officials reported three deaths.

The confirmed cases among residents furthers a trend that saw the number of cases spike to 35 last week after dipping to a low of 21 the previous week.

To date, 12 Santa Monica residents had COVID-19 when they died, officials said.

In addition, 19 residents of local nursing homes who tested positive have died, including two deaths confirmed this week.

The County requires nursing homes to test staff and residents daily.

County heath officials reported 961 new cases of the virus and 45 deaths on Tuesday, one day before County beaches are scheduled to reopen.

Of those who died, 41 had underlying health conditions and 35 were over 65 years of age.

To date, 92 percent of the 1,613 people who had the virus when they died had underlying health conditions and about half were residents of nursing homes.

The number of cases rose to 33,180 on Tuesday, as test results reached nearly 253,000 in the county of 10 million.

To date, 5,508 people who tested positive for the virus -- 17 percent of positive cases -- have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, County officials said.

There are 1,731 people who are currently hospitalized, County officials said. Of those, 26 percent are in the ICU and 18 percent are on ventilators.

On Wednesday, County beaches, including Santa Monica Beach, are scheduled to reopen for limited use.

Beachgoers can surf, swim, walk and jog but must wear masks and practice physical distancing, officials said.

They will not be permitted to sit or lie on the beach, and the bike path and walkways remain closed.

Last week, Los Angeles County officials allowed some low-risk retailers and other businesses to reopen with limited operations as part of its "Roadmap to Recovery."

They include stores that specialize in toys, music, books, clothing and sporting goods, florist shops and car dealership showrooms.

Customers must pick up the merchandise curbside, "while adhering to physical distancing, face coverings, and infection control protocols," City officials said. Customers are prohibited from entering the stores.

Additional restrictions may be lifted later this week, although curbside restrictions will remain in place.

County health officials said Tuesday that the "Safer at Home" orders will remain in place over the next few months, although restrictions will be gradually relaxed.

“We are being guided by science and data that will safely move us forward along the road to recovery in a measured way," said County Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

"We’re counting on the public’s continued compliance with the orders to enable us to relax restrictions," she said.

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