By Staff Writer
The City of Santa Monica recently extended an eviction moratorium for residential tenants and some commercial tenants.
“As COVID-19 continues to spread, impacting the livelihoods of our community members and small businesses, we continue to extend our local eviction moratorium to keep people in their homes or tenancy,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg.
Under a twenty-second supplement last month, Santa Monica’s eviction moratorium has been extended to September 30, 2020 for residential tenants in alignment with state law. The extension is to August 31, 2020 for commercial tenants.
As of Friday, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health has identified 218,693 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 5,214 deaths. In Santa Monica, there have 703 cases and 37 deaths.
There are 1,415 confirmed cases hospitalized as of Friday and 33 percent of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU. Rhe 7-day average of daily hospitalizations is 1,521 patients. Two weeks ago, on July 31, daily hospitalizations averaged 2,026 patients. There has been a 25 percent reduction in the number daily hospitalized patients in just two weeks.
“The lower number of daily COVID-19 hospitalizations is encouraging, however we still have far too many people spreading this virus. Every day, a team of public health specialists investigate clusters of cases associated with parties, dinner events and gatherings. None of these activities are essential and all can lead to growing number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.