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Santa Monica Reports Fewest Weekly COVID-19 Cases in More Than Three Months
 

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By Jorge Casuso

February 16, 2021 -- The number of weekly coronavirus cases in Santa Monica dropped to its lowest level in more than three months, with 70 new cases reported last week, according to County Health data.

It marked the fifth weekly drop in a row, as the number of cases continued falling after hitting a record 365 confirmed cases during Christmas week.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, 1,469 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Santa Monica.

The number of new confirmed cases of the virus was the lowest since 70 cases were reported for the week ending November 8. In that case, it marked a sudden surge after the city averaged fewer than 30 weekly cases over the previous three months.

For the second week in a row, there were six new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Santa Monica last week, bringing the total number of deaths to 130 in the city of some 93,000.

To date, Public Health has identified 1,168,358 positive cases of COVID-19 across the county of some 10 million and a total of 19,095 deaths.

The daily test positivity rate has dropped by 64 percent in one month -- from 14.3 percent on January 15 to 5.2 percent, health officials reported.

There were 3,092 people with COVID-19 hospitalized on Sunday, down from a peak of some 8,000 daily hospitalizations in early January, according to County data.

Of those hospitalized Sunday, 30 percent -- or about 928 -- were in the ICU, down from about 1,740 two months ago.

"While key COVID-19 indicators are declining, the virus is still very much present and circulating widely in Los Angeles County," health officials cautioned this week.

Testing results are available for more than 5,707,000 individuals with 19 percent of people testing positive. In Santa Monica, 55,505 residents have been tested.

Santa Monica has continued to deploy code enforcement officers and health ambassadors seven days a week to ensure residents and businesses are complying with the City's health orders.

To date, staff has reported a total of 57,431 interactions with local businesses that have led to 226 citations issued and 253 stop work orders issued at construction sites.

There have been 31,104 total interactions with those violating the order to wear face coverings and 97 citations issued. Santa Monica is one of the few California cities that fines those violating its face covering orders.


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