Long Beach Breaks Single-Day Coronavirus Death Record as Cases Rise
Updated: Dec 23, 2020
Long Beach officials announced 14 new coronavirus related deaths, by far the largest number of virus-related casualties the city of Long Beach reported in a single day.
Why it matters:
Health officials at every governmental level have blamed the recent surge of cases on individuals, who largely ignored health orders and congregated with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. These gatherings with multiple households have caused numerous spreader events causing infections and mass hospitalizations to the point that intensive care beds have run low and medical staff have been pushed to the limit.
Long beach was averaging 47 cases per day, from Nov 7 to 622 on Dec 18., a 1223% increase in just two weeks. Long Beach's death toll now stands at 367.
For days, political and community leaders have urged the public to stay home and cancel traditional holiday plans to avoid added stress on the health care system.
California has recorded a half-million coronavirus cases in the past two weeks, overwhelming emergency rooms across the state, per The Guardian.
What they're saying:
In an Official Statement by the City of Long Beach Health Officer: "For many people, Christmas is the most important holiday of the year. It connects them to their family and their faith. I know it’s hard to be away from loved ones at this time of year--it’s hard for me, too. But I urge you, even if you feel you and your friends and family have been safe, to gather only with the members of your own household. We are seeing a big surge in testing so that people can find out if they are safe to travel or gather. A negative test only tells you that the virus is not detectable at the time of the test. But it can take a few days after you’ve been exposed to the virus before you have a positive test yourself, so traveling with a negative test today doesn’t mean you aren’t bringing COVID-19 with you to your Christmas gathering."