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Long Beach hits 1,000 COVID-19 deaths



City officials announced a sobering milestone that Long Beach had lost 1,000 residents to COVID-19 since the global outbreak began, the Long Beach Health Department reported.


Why it matters:

Before the pandemic, one of the deadliest events in Long Beach history was the 1933 earthquake that killed 120 people. Long Beach lost 167 residents in early January 2021 within two weeks.

  • COVID-19 is the leading cause of death in Long Beach, with the majority of the deaths being felt in the Latino community more than any other race or ethnicity, according to the City'sCity's COVID-19 dashboard.

  • The African-American community, which accounts for 12% of Long Beach's population, disproportionately accounts for 14% of COVID deaths.

By the numbers:

As of September 16, the 1,000 Long Beach residents who died since the start of the pandemic included: 84 ages 18 to 49; 213 ages 50 to 64; and 703 ages 65 and over, the City announced.

  • In contrast, there have been 986 cancer deaths since March 2020, 835 deaths from coronary heart disease, 270 deaths from cerebrovascular disorders, 282 deaths from Alzheimer's disease, 208 deaths from chronic lower respiratory disease, and 201 deaths related to diabetes.

  • The first reported COVID death in Long Beach was on March 23 last year; by mid-January 2021, that number had risen to 500.

What they're saying:

  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia wrote on Twitter: "Today we hit 1,000 deaths in Long Beach due to COVID19. It'sIt's the single largest loss of life event our City has ever experienced. My love and prayers go out to every family impacted by this tragedy. We will never forget them. And we will honor them by beating this pandemic."

  • In a press release, Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis said, "These tragic deaths forever change our community.Our Health Department is continuing to do everything it can to protect our community from future losses from this deadly pandemic."

  • Officials announced in a statement to honor those who have died from the virus. The City will light city Hall and other municipal buildings and landmarks in white from September 17 through Monday, September 20.

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