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COVID Cases Hold Steady in Santa Monica As County Eases Restrictions
 

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By Jorge Casuso

May 5, 2021 -- Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose slightly in Santa Monica last week, while one resident with the virus died after no deaths were reported the previous week.

A total of 24 cases were reported in Santa Monica last week after 21 cases the previous week marked the fewest weekly cases since September.

As of Sunday, there were 4,784 confirmed cases in the city of some 93,000 and 183 virus-related deaths, according to Los Angeles County Health Department data.

Health officials had identified 1,234,372 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,948 deaths as of Tuesday.

There were 400 people with COVID-19 hospitalized, with 25 percent of them in the ICU.

COVID-19 testing results are available for nearly 6,535,000 individuals, with 18 percent testing positive. The daily test positivity rate was 0.7 percent, down from 0.9 percent.

The LA County Health Officer Order was updated Wednesday to reflect newly permitted activities allowed in the yellow tier, beginning Thursday at 12:01 a.m.

The changes will still require "safety modifications, including masking, distancing and infection control to reduce the risk of transmission," health officials said.

"Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for some sectors," officials said.

The order allows capacity to be increased at restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries; fitness centers; hair salons, barbershops and personal care services, and at movie theaters and family entertainment centers.

Capacity also will be increased at amusement parks, theme parks and fairs; cardrooms, racetracks and satellite wagering facilities; waterparks; museums, zoos and aquariums and live outdoor event and performance venues.

A report by Wallethub released Tuesday found that California -- which has had some of the nation's most restrictive lockdowns and health measures -- is among the state's with the slowest economic recovery.

California ranked 42nd for average daily restaurant visits and 42nd for total weekly job postings compared to pre-COVID levels.

It ranked 44th for total weekly consumer spending compared to pre-COVID levels and 45th for unemployment rate.

The State, however, ranked 16th for Real GDP, compared to pre-COVID levels.

For the full WalletHub report click here


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