• Matt Esnayra

LB COVID-19 Update: Long Beach Opens Super Vaccination Site as the US Surpasses 400K COVID Deaths

Long Beach Convention Center has been transformed into a temporary COVID-19 vaccine supersite. The convention center is joining other Southern California landmarks like Dodger Stadium, the Pomona Fairplex, and Disneyland in hosting thousands of people eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters:

It took California ten months to reach two million coronavirus cases. In just the past 27 days, the state added another million cases due to a winter surge that strained healthcare systems resources. In LA County, some hospitals entered into "crisis care mode" and began rationing medical care like ventilators, ICU beds were scarce, and EMT crews were told to conserve oxygen. At some point, roughly 1 out of every 13 Californians have tested positive during the pandemic.

  • Long Beach's vaccine supersite's opening coincides with the US surpassing 400,000 coronavirus-related fatalities, per Johns Hopkins data.

  • Mayor Garcia said the convention center would be able to vaccinate about 1,500 people a day, but that number will likely increase as more vaccine doses become available.

Garcia on Long Beach's Vaccine Supersite:

What's New:

  • Long Beach health officials announced 1,530 new cases.

  • An LBPD employee who is designated to the East Division has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee, who last worked on Jan. 16., and is recovering at home.

  • LA County Department of Public Health reported 186 new deaths and 7,902 new cases of confirmed COVID-19.

  • Los Angeles County residents who are 65 years old and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

  • LBUSD and Long Beach City College teachers and staff will be eligible to be vaccinated next week.

  • The city created a web portal called VAXLB where residents can make vaccination appointments or check their status in line.

By the Numbers COVID in Long Beach:

  • 44,418 total positive results

  • Seven-day positivity rate: 14.2%

  • 131.1 seven-day case rate per 100K population

  • 535 fatalities

  • 324 Long Beach residents hospitalized with COVID-19

  • 511 total COVID-19 hospitalizations in area hospitals

  • About 30,393 recovered

  • 604,921 total tests conducted

  • Information as of Jan. 16

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