Latest numbers: Long Beach reports 2 new coronavirus cases

The cases of coronavirus in Long Beach continued to climb Wednesday with two new people testing positive, bringing the city’s total to 10.

That number does not include a veteran with the virus who is being treated at the Long Beach VA Hospital because that person is not a Long Beach resident, officials said. The origins of the new cases are under investigation.

In Long Beach, approximately 130 more people are currently being monitored for possible exposure to COVID-19.

Health officials are still investigating where the infected individuals have traveled within the city and could release more information on that topic, but the details would be released in a way that protects peoples’ privacy, officials said.

The Long Beach Police Department, meanwhile, has increased patrols and will continue to monitor key locations to ensure public safety. The city has also ordered all bars, gyms and theaters to shut down and limited restaurants to take-out and to-go orders.

Los Angeles County has 190 cases of COVID-19, while Orange County has reported 29 cases.

The Long Beach City Council has also voted to advance an economic relief package the city and is expected to release details about today.

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].