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COVID Cases in Santa Monica Drop to Two-Month Low

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June 27, 2022 -- The number of coronavirus cases in Santa Monica saw a sharp drop last week, falling below 200 for the first time in more than two months, according to LA County Health data.

There were 192 cases reported last week -- down from 368 the previous week -- marking the fewest since 159 cases were confirmed in the week ending April 17.

There was one virus-related death in the city of some 93,000 last week, after none was reported the previous week, according to County Health data. It typically takes two weeks to report a death.

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As of 6 p.m. Sunday, there was a total of 20,763 COVID-19 cases in the city since the first case was confirmed in March 2020, and 249 residents have died with the virus.

The sharp drop in cases comes after a surge driven by the highly contagious Omicron BA.2 lineage and sub-lineages, which are milder and less deadly than previous variants. They are also more resistant to vaccines.

The surge peaked with 506 cases reported in Santa Monica on the week ending May 30 before seeing a steady drop over the next four weeks, according to the data.

Los Angeles County remains at the "medium community level" based on the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) weekly cumulative case rate per 100,000, the seven-day cumulative rate of COVID-19 hospital admissions and the percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.

While the rate of 307 cases was far above the CDC's 200 threshold for the medium level, the other two metrics were below the thresholds of 10 per 100,000.

The county’s hospital admission rate of 7.3 per 100,000 remained unchanged from the previous week, while the percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID patients rose slightly, from 3.5 to 3.6 percent.

"If the county continues its current rate of increase over the coming weeks, it may reach" the high community level rate threshold in mid-July, County health officials said.

"However, the future hospitalization trend cannot be predicted with certainty," officials added.

"Hospitalizations could level off and begin to decline" or "they could again begin to increase more rapidly. The data will need to be monitored closely."

If the County moves into the high level and remains there for two consecutive weeks, Health officials will "implement a universal indoor masking requirement for everyone age 2 and older" until the County returns to the medium level for two consecutive weeks.

To date, County Health officials have reported a total of 3,088,482 cases across the county of more than 10 million and 32,291 virus-related deaths. There are 741 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized.

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