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Santa Monica Marks Fewest Weekly Coronavirus Cases in a Month

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By Jorge Casuso

April 20, 2020 -- There were 23 new coronavirus cases reported in Santa Monica last week, the lowest weekly toll in nearly a month, according to data released by the Los Angeles County Health Department Sunday.

The slight drop from 24 cases the previous week comes as testing capacity continues to increase across LA County -- from fewer than 30,000 people tested on April 10 to more than 79,000 tested nine days later. Of those tested, 15 percent were positive.

To date, a total of 12,341 cases and 600 deaths have been reported in the County of 10 million residents, with 334 new cases and 24 deaths reported on Sunday.

The vast majority of those who have died are elderly or have underlying health conditions, County officials said.

Of the 24 reported deaths Sunday, all but one suffered from underlying health conditions and 16 were over the age of 65, according to County health officials.

Of the 400 who have died to date, 89 percent had underlying health conditions and more than one-third were in nursing homes, health officials said.

These conditions include "chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis and liver disease," according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

"Despite the high number of total deaths and the continued increase in new cases, there is evidence that our physical distancing efforts are working," said County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

Ferrer advised all County residents "to stay home as much as possible, practice physical distancing at all times, wear face coverings when out in public, and keep hands clean."

To date, 3,387 people who tested positive for COVID-19 -- 29 percent of positive cases -- have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, County officials said.

As of Sunday, there have been 115 coronavirus cases confirmed in Santa Monica, which has been seeing a slow weekly decline in new cases since 41 were reported between March 17 and March 29.

Last week's total was the lowest since 12 cases were reported between March 17, when the first case was confirmed, and March 23, according to data provided by the County Public Health Department.

The 23 new cases confirmed last week furthered a slow decline in new cases that saw the weekly number drop from 27 to 24 in the city of some 93,000.

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