• Matt Esnayra

LB Health Dept Warns if Current COVID Trends Remain it Could "Cost Lives."

The Long Beach Health Department announced Monday night that if the current Covid-19 hospitalization rate continues to rise, it could "threaten hospital capacity and ultimately costs lives."

Why it matters:

Since Nov. 1, hospitalizations at Long Beach area hospitals have risen to 366%, and Long Beach residents hospitalized from COVID-19 have grown by 94%. As of Sunday, close to 7,800 people were hospitalized across California after testing positive for the virus.

  • The City of Long Beach is expected to install new Covid-19 related health orders reminiscent of the health orders issued by L.A. County last week.

  • On Saturday, the L.B. Health Department officials announced they anticipated 1,000 additional cases by Monday.

  • Last week L. A County suspended in-person dining due to a surge of Covid-19, and today California Governor Newsom says stay-at-home order could be issued if cases continue to rise.

  • Currently, 59% of hospital beds, not including pediatric beds, are in use in Long Beach hospitals. Intensive Care Units are at 64% of total capacity, and 43% of available ventilators are used.

By the Numbers Covid-19 in Long Beach:

  • 16,202 total positive results

  • 680 new cases since last update (Nov. 24)*

  • Seven-day positivity rate: 5.3%

  • 24.7 daily new cases per 100K population

  • 275 fatalities

  • 64 people hospitalized

  • Approximately 14,378 recovered

  • 340,497 total tests conducted

  • Information as of November 28

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