• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach Surpasses 500 Covid-19 deaths; Mayor Garcia & City Officials Receive Vaccine

City officials announced seven new coronavirus related deaths, bringing Long Beach's death toll to 506. The grim announcement culminates the deadliest week since the start of the pandemic, as the city's vaccination plans expand.

What's New:

Of the 506 fatalities, 235 are associated with long-term care facilities. In the past ten days, Long Beach has lost 106 residents due to the coronavirus.

  • Fifty-nine people have died this week alone, eclipsing the previous record of 54 deaths just two weeks ago.

  • The city reported 656 new cases since yesterday and that hospitalizations in the Long Beach area have decreased for a second straight day, down from 569 to 560.

  • Long Beach residents who are 65 and older could be vaccinated starting Jan 19.

  • Mayor Robert Garcia, City Manager Tom Modica, and Health and Human Services Director Kelly Colopy, along with other City employees, received the first half of the Coronavirus vaccine.

More Info: Three city employees from various departments have tested positive for Coronavirus:

  • One public-facing employee at the Billie Jean King Main Library has tested positive, who last worked on Jan 9. and is recovering at home.

  • Another LBPD officer, who is assigned to the East Divison, has been infected by the virus and is at home recovering.

  • An employee from the Public Works Department assigned to the Environmental Services Bureau also tested positive.

By the Numbers:

  • 42,281 total positive results

  • Seven-day positivity rate: 15.9%

  • 141.6 seven-day case rate per 100K population

  • 506 fatalities

  • 286 Long Beach residents hospitalized with COVID-19

  • 560 total COVID-19 hospitalizations in area hospitals (-9)

  • Approximately 28,594 recovered

  • 581,807 total tests conducted

  • Information as of Jan. 13

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