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Lab assistants Ida Roldan, left, and Lynnette Arizpe of Mariposa Community Health Center label vials during a COVID-19 testing blitz late last year.

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Department on Monday reported a total of 9,701 confirmed COVID-19 infections among local residents since the start of the pandemic.

That marked a one-week increase of 218 cases, or an average of 31.1 cases per day.

That was nearly identical to the seven-day period ending Monday, Nov. 15, when there were 216 new cases confirmed in the community. The number of new cases during the week ending Nov. 8 was 157, and during the week ending Nov. 1 it was 111.

Also during the week that ended Monday, the County Health Services Department reported eight new hospitalizations for COCID-19 and one additional death.

Those numbers brought the county’s pandemic totals to 637 hospitalizations and 196 deaths.

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