The testing site at Cabrillo High School, which is run by the city, is the only site that will test anyone who wants a test. The other 5 sites in the city will still be reserved for essential workers or those with symptoms.
The announcement comes after President Donald Trump took an acrimonious tone toward governors who have not considered houses of worship as “essential.”
Three more people also died of the virus, bringing the city’s death toll to 68, the majority of which are linked to long-term care facilities.
The city, which is facing at least a $41 million budget shortfall this fiscal year, would have received as much as $80 million from the federal government—but fell about 30,000 residents short of the threshold to receive these funds set aside for big cities.
Long Beach on Thursday reported a slightly higher hospitalization rate for COVID-19—a measure officials say they are watching closely as beaches and businesses begin to reopen.
At this point, the announcement does not apply to Long Beach, which sets its own rules because it has its own health department. But the city has often swiftly followed the county’s example in what’s allowed.
President Jane Close Conoley said in a message to the campus community that the university wants to avoid abrupt pivot to remote learning should a second wave of COVID-19 hit the community in the fall, as some health officials predict.
Some retail operations—including bookstores, clothing stores, sporting goods stores and florists—may be able to begin opening as soon as Friday for curbside pickup as early as if certain conditions are met, the governor announced Monday.
The mixed message came after LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that any county resident, regardless whether they are showing symptoms, could be tested for the virus.
Mayor Robert Garcia on Monday said the city is “weeks, not months, away from some meaningful changes” to the city’s stay-at-home orders, which are currently in place through at least May 15.