Coronavirus Cases Continues to Rise as LB Shutdown In-Person Dining
Updated: Nov 27, 2020
As Long Beach joins other cities in shutting down in-person dining, LA County Public Health officials released alarming data showing the virus has permeated to the point that 1 in 145 LA County residents is currently infectious.
A quick refresher:
LA County Public Health officials modified their health orders on Sunday that would reinstall restrictions on in-person dining at restaurants and only allow take-out, drive-thru and food delivery for the next three weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
On Nov 23, Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis announced via a press release that "over the past two weeks, the number of new cases has increased by more than 120%," and since Nov 1, hospitalizations have increased 200%."
Dr. Davis also said that coronavirus cases have increased "dramatically faster than the first surge."
As of Monday, Long Beach has seen a 248% increase in hospitalizations.
Pasadena will allow restaurants to remain open for outside dining.
Why it matters:
According to the model LA County's health officials released Nov 25., 1 in 145 LA County residents are currently infected with the virus, and new covid patients require hospitalization at a higher rate. Another alarming finding is that if the transmission number remains the same, county scientists say, "it is likely the number of cases will go up rapidly, with shortages in the number of hospital beds and ICU beds over the next 2 to 4 weeks. The number of ventilators in Los Angeles County appears adequate over the next 4 weeks."
Public health officials suspect every infected person is transmitting the virus to an average of 1.27 people – the county's highest rate since March.
By the Numbers COVID-19 in Long Beach:
15,522 total positive results since the start of the pandemic (+296)
Seven-day positivity rate: 5.8%
24.3 daily new cases per 100K population
50 people hospitalized
Approximately 13,792 recovered
320,637 total tests conducted
Data as of Tuesday, Nov 24.