Health officials reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases this week

Long Beach health officials on Friday reported 143 new cases of COVID-19 in Long Beach, bringing this week’s total of new cases to 1,034.

This is roughly a seventh of the 7,368 total cases reported in the city since the pandemic began in mid-March.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia noted in a press conference Thursday that the city has been ramping up its testing efforts, with the capacity to test about 1,400 people per day.

Despite the high number of new cases, city officials saw a drop in the number of Long Beach residents hospitalized for COVID-19, going from 106 on Thursday to 97 on Friday.

The city also counted a second day without any COVID-19 deaths, keeping the city’s total number of deaths at 161. County officials, however, reported 44 new deaths.

County officials also reported 1,928 new cases Friday, but noted that the number was lower than expected because there were some reporting delays in the state’s electronic lab system.

“The number of cases is expected to increase in the coming days once the data becomes available,” county officials said.

They also reported incomplete hospitalization data because of changes in federal reporting requirements, which ended up excluding 11 non-reporting hospitals in the day’s update. County officials noted the state was working to remedy the issue.

County officials reported 1,928 people are hospitalized in LA County with confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 29% of those people in intensive care and 16% on ventilators. They report an additional 542 people hospitalized with suspected cases of COVID-19.


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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.