• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach City Council to return to virtual meetings amid COVID surge

At the start of Tuesday's Long Beach City Council meeting, Mayor Robert Garcia announced forthcoming city council meetings would be conducted virtually due to a surge of COVID cases.

Ready player two:

The Los Angles County of Public Health reported another record-breaking day with 37,215 new coronavirus cases and 30 additional deaths, with 1,614 positive cases belonging to Long Beach.

  • The Omicron variant has caused other municipal governments to switch to a virtual format to slow the spread.

  • According to Long Beach's COVID-19 dashboard, the city is reporting 17,000 plus cases in a single day and ", the current peak is 1.6 times higher than the 2020-2021 winter surge peak, which at its highest experienced 1,052 reported cases on a single day."

  • Cal State Long Beach will start the 2022 spring semester primarily with online classes.

Let's do the time warp again:

On Wednesday, the Long Beach Health Department issued a new health order aligning with Los Angeles County's COVID protocols by lowering isolation and quarantine requirements from ten days to five.

  • The next city council meeting will occur via Zoom on Jan. 18, those who would like to make public comments will have to call in or email the city clerk.

  • During last Tuesday's meeting, guests had to wait in the lobby and were let into the council chamber to give their public comments.

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