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COVID-19 Cases in Santa Monica Inch Up After Major Drop
 

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By Jorge Casuso

September 29, 2020 -- Coronavirus cases in Santa Monica have inched up over the past two weeks after falling to the lowest level since May, according to data released by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

There were 23 new cases reported in Santa Monica last week, bringing the total to 876 cases in the city of some 93,000, health data show. Deaths in Santa Monica held at 41 for the third straight week.

Health officials reported 905 new coronavirus cases and 39 new deaths across the County as of 8 p.m. Monday, furthering a trend where the number of new cases has remained fairly steady at 1,000 or fewer per day, down from 2,883 on July 31.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has also seen a dramatic drop -- from 2,220 on July 31 to 714 on Monday.

Heath officials have reported a total of 269,284 positive cases of COVID-19 across the county of more than 10 million, and a total of 6,551 deaths.

Of those with the virus who have died, 92 percent had underlying health conditions, County officials said.

"Hypertension and diabetes are the most common underlying health conditions among people who died from COVID-19," health officials said.

"Neurologic conditions, cardiovascular disease and chronic renal disease are also common."

Of the deaths reported, 3,705 people had hypertension, 2,727 had diabetes, 1,498 had cardiovascular disease, 1,097 had chronic renal disease and 1,025 people had neurologic conditions, health officials said.

"Each person may have multiple conditions," officials said.

Health officials estimate that "as many as 20 to 30 percent of L.A. County residents, across all age groups, have an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk for serious disease from COVID-19."

Those who smoke are two to four times more likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19, because smoking "harms every system in the body and causes both cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease," health officials said.

"I’m sure we all know people with underlying health conditions, and we ourselves may have these fairly common health issues," said County Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

"These are people throughout our communities whose health conditions place them at greater risk for serious illness if they become infected with COVID-19, making it so important that we take collective responsibility to do our best to not transmit the virus."

Testing results are available for more than 2,654,000 individuals, with 9 percent testing positive.


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