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Santa Monica Continues to See Weekly Drop in COVID-19 Cases
 

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By Jorge Casuso

January 27, 2021 -- There were 50 fewer confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica last week than the previous week, although the number of related deaths reported rose by four.

A total of 243 weekly cases were confirmed in the city of some 93,000 on Sunday, down from 293 the previous week and 357 cases three weeks ago, according to County Health Department data analyzed by The Lookout.

The number of those who died with COVID-19 rose to 12 last week, four more than the previous week but still below a record 16 deaths reported three weeks ago.

That data, however, reflects deaths that took place several weeks earlier, since it can take officials as long as two weeks to confirm and report a coronavirus-related death.

As of Sunday, Santa Monica had 3,794 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 108 virus-related deaths, according to the data.

The downward trend in cases comes as the State on Monday lifted its Regional Stay Home Order and moved all counties back into the Blueprint for a Safer Economy color-coded tiers.

Los Angeles County, along with most of the State, is in the most restrictive purple tier.

The lifting of the latest lockdown puts into effect the County health order issued on November 25 until a new order is issued later this week "to more fully align with the sector openings permitted in the purple tier," County health officials said.

The health order that went into effect Monday allows a number of activities as long as social distancing is maintained and face coverings are worn, officials said.

They include private gatherings outdoors of up to three households totaling no more than 15 people. Outdoor recreational activities are allowed and hotels and motels can accept lodgers.

Indoor malls, shopping centers, lower-risk retail and personal care services are open at 25 percent indoor capacity, while fitness facilities are open for outdoor operations.

On Friday, L.A. County restaurants will be allowed to resume outdoor dining, although details are still being worked out.

The lifting of the Stay Home Order comes depite the County's persistently low capacity levels in the ICUs, a gauge used to institute the latest lockdown.

There were about 1,553 patients with COVID-19 in the County's ICUs on Sunday, down from about 1,622 a week earlier.

The ICU's -- which total 2,500 licensed ICU beds in the County's 70 hospitals -- remain nearly full.

Still, the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations have been trending down after spiking earlier this month, health officials said.

As of January 22, the seven-day average of daily positive cases was 6,564, down from the peak of more than 15,000 cases on January 8, officials said.

There are 6,213 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized down from the peak of 8,065 hospitalizations on January 6, health officials said Wednesday.

To date, Public Health has identified 1,091,712 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 15,897 deaths.

As of this week, 662,963 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered within Los Angeles County -- 544,049 first doses and 118,914 second doses.

This week, the County received about 137,000 doses from the State, down from 168,575 doses the week of January 18.

"Each week, there is an allocation from the federal government to the State that determines the number of vaccines allocated to L.A. County," health officials said.


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