Long Beach on Tuesday reported 816 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday—by far a single-day record since the pandemic began in March.

Tuesday also brought several other ominous records: 183 people now hospitalized for the virus in the five medical facilities that serve the city; 9.3% of people who were tested were positive, and roughly 3,200 total people were tested in one day.

Five Long Beach residents also died of COVID-19 over the past day, the highest single-day total since late August. The city has reported a total of 287 deaths, and 19,186 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Los Angeles County meanwhile reported another 64 coronavirus-related deaths, reaching a milestone of 8,000 total deaths, along with 8,547 newly confirmed cases. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is now at 3,113, nearly double the total in early November.

The news comes as the city, county and Southern California region are under new, strict stay-at-home orders handed down by the state as the region’s capacity in intensive care units becomes critically low. The orders, meant to discourage gatherings of people outside their own household, went into effect early Monday.

The Long Beach City Council is also slated to discuss the city’s COVID numbers at tonight’s meeting, as well as enforcement of health orders meant to prevent the spread of the virus.

Also on Tuesday, county officials offered a glimmer of hope with news that it will receive its first allocation of vaccines, possibly as soon as next week. An initial batch of 84,000 doses is anticipated, according to Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

Health care workers at acute care hospitals will be prioritized under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines, but officials expect it will be some time before large swaths of the population receive the vaccine.

Melissa Evans is the Chief Executive Officer of the Long Beach Post and Long Beach Business Journal. Reach her at [email protected], @melissaevansLBP or 562-512-6354.