Long Beach city landmarks will light up tonight in honor of those who have died of COVID-19

On the one-year anniversary of the first recorded death from COVID-19, the city of Long Beach, at around dusk, will light its city landmarks white in memory of the more than 900 people who have died from the virus.

The white lights will shine from the Civic Center, Long Beach Airport, the new Gerald Desmond Bridge, the lighthouse and other landmarks one year after a resident in her 50s become the city’s first recoded death from the virus. The city on Tuesday saw 901 fatalities, up from 896 on Saturday.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia noted that while cases and hospitalization rates have improved, many are still in the grips of COVID-19. As of Monday, 119 residents remained hospitalized.

“As a reminder, there are still folks fighting right now in the hospital and some are on the verge of losing their battle with COVID,” Garcia said. “That number will get higher, and we will continue to honor and support them.”

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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].