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Coronavirus Cases Drop in Santa Monica for Fourth Straight Week
By Jorge Casuso
February 9, 2021 -- The number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Santa Monica dropped for the fourth week in a row, mirroring state and nationwide trends.
There were 120 cases confirmed in the city of 93,000 last week, down from 144 the previous week and 243 cases reported two weeks ago, according to County data.
The last time the number of weekly cases reached such a low level was during the week ending November 29, when there were also 120 cases reported.
There were six COVID-19-related deaths in the city last week, down from ten the previous week and 12 two weeks ago.
As of 6 p.m. Sunday, there was a total of 4,058 coronavirus cases reported in Santa Monica and 124 virus-related deaths, according to County data.
The number of deaths reflects those that took place several weeks earlier, since it can take officials as long as two weeks to confirm and report a coronavirus-related death.
LA County saw both the average number of daily cases and current hospitalizations continue to drop last week. The number of cases plummeted to fewer than 5,000 cases a day after peaking on January 8 at more than 15,000 cases.
The reasons for the steep decline in cases nationwide remain unclear and cannot likely be attributed to the rollout of vaccines, according to health experts.
In early January, Israel which was the world leader in the number of COVID-19 vaccinations per capita at 15 percent, saw infections spiral, leading to the nation's third lockdown, according to a January 7 report in Voice of America.
Late last month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the president, said the drop in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in most of the country could not likely be attributed to vaccines.
The continuing drop has also taken place in all parts of the country -- from California, which has the nation's stiffest lockdown measures, to Florida, which has much laxer enforcement policies.
As of Tuesday, enforcement staff had engaged in a total of 28,819 interactions with individuals concerning face coverings and issued 93 citations.
There were 54,985 interactions with local businesses, leading to 205 citations and 250 stop work orders at construction sites.
As of 6 p.m. Monday, the County had confirmed 1,152,239 cases of COVID-19 and 18,360 virus-related deaths.
Testing results were available for more than 5,622,000 individuals, with 19 percent testing positive, County Health officials said.
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