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
64 people hospitalized
Approximately 14,378 recovered
340,497 total tests conducted
Information as of November 28