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Santa Monica Sees Weekly Spike in Coronavisus Cases
By Jorge Casuso
June 2, 2020 -- There were 27 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Santa Monica last week, up from a record low eight cases the previous week, according to data from the Los Angeles County Health Department.
Two Santa Monica residents who had the coronavirus died last week, bringing the total death count to 19.
Three Santa Monica residents were among the 1,202 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Los Angeles County on Monday. There were 60 deaths reported.
Of those whose deaths were reported Monday, 45 had underlying health conditions and 40 were over the age of 65, health officials said.
Ninety-three percent of the 2,443 people who had the virus when they died had underlying health conditions, officials said. There have been a total of 57,118 cases confirmed in the county of some 10 million.
The number of tests results available in the County has skyrocketed in the past month -- from less than 160,000 to more than 633,000.
As of Monday, 6,638 people who tested positive for COVID-19 -- 12 percent of positive cases -- have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.
That brings the total number of cases in local nursing homes to 205 as of Monday. Of those who have tested positive, 128 are residents and 76 are staff.
To date, 28 local nursing home residents who had the coronavirus have died, with one of the deaths occurring last week.
Three local nursing homes -- Ocean Pointe Healthcare Center, the Rehabilitation Center of Santa Monica and Beachwood Post-Acute & Rehab -- accounted for 82 percent of the total cases and all but one of the deaths.
Five other nursing homes have reported cases, with Santa Monica Healthcare Center joining the list after five cases were reported last week and another one on Monday, according to County data.
The civil unrest in the LA region has had an impact on testing, with some sites closed Tuesday for the second day, including the one at Santa Monica College.
County officials -- who fear the protests could spread the virus -- are asking demonstrators to wear face coverings and keep six feet apart.
"Protesters who have had close contact with non-household members not wearing face coverings, should when possible, self-quarantine at their residence for 14 days and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms," health officials said.
"If they develop symptoms, they should call their healthcare provider and consider testing."
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