• Matt Esnayra

LB COVID19 Update: Cases Surpasses 300; Death Toll Rises to 9, & Safer at Home Order Extended to May


City officials announced the death of another Long Beach resident, a man in his 50's with underlying health conditions, died due to Coronavirus complications. The death toll now stands at nine with 13 new coronavirus cases totaling 319.

  • The man, according to the city, was "associated with" one of the six known Long Beach area long-term care facilities that have at least one case of coronavirus. However, the city didn't disclose if the man was a resident or an employee.

By the Numbers:

  • 319 confirmed cases

  • 41 have been hospitalized

  • Roughly 140 people have recovered

  • 68 confirmed cases at six Long Beach area long-term care facilities

  • 9 fatalities

What's New: Extending Safer at Home to May 15

City officials altered its "Safer at Home" order to include essential businesses are required to post "Social Distancing Protocols" and that Long Beach residents must wear mask or face covering when they visit any essential business.

  • Those who work at any essential business are required to wear masks and gloves or wash hands every 30 minutes when interacting with a customer

  • Limiting the number of people who enter the facility at one time.

  • provide hand sanitizer or disinfectant

  • Provide physical space, such as a partition or plexiglass, between employees and customers.

  • Non-essential business to remain closed through May 15th

  • Maintaining a clean and stocked restroom

But wait there's more:

  • All Long Beach parks, including open spaces, will be closed on Easter Sunday

  • 50 National Guard members will provide "logistical support" at shelters and support at the Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC) at Long Beach City College.

  • Police have the discretion to issue out citations to those violating the "Safer at Home" order. Regarding police being able to issue citations Mayor Garcia said: "too many people are being irresponsible".

Here's the new "Safer at Home" Order:

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