COVID-19 outbreak infects 10 people at Long Beach fire station

Long Beach health officials are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at Long Beach Fire Station 14 near Colorado Lagoon that infected 10 fire department employees, the city reported Monday.

The city also reported that two employees from the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department have tested positive for COVID. All infected employees were recovering at home, officials said.

As COVID cases continue to surge, officials fear that January could be the pandemic’s worst month as more people become infected from holiday gatherings.

One in five people who are tested are now positive for COVID-19, and the county is seeing a death roughly every 15 minutes, health officials said.

Long Beach on Monday reported 2,768 new cases since the city’s last update on Dec. 31. Overall, the city has seen 35,136 cases.

The seven-day positivity rate for the people who test positive compared to the overall number of those tested jumped to 16.7%, up from 15%, while the number of people hospitalized in the city’s five area hospitals grew to 541, up from 514.

The city reported seven additional deaths for a total of 402 fatalities, but cautioned that the number is likely higher due to a data processing delay at the state level. The city is expected to report additional deaths on Tuesday.

As the mass vaccination effort is underway, Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis, along with other Health officials at the emergency response frontline were vaccinated on Monday.

Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis gets COVID-19 vaccine.

Long Beach is in the process of vaccinating essential health workers and nursing home staff and residents, followed by essential essential workers in public health and those in dentist and doctors offices and specialty clinics.

The vaccines are expected to be available to the general public by this summer.

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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].
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