Long Beach officials on Wednesday said that three more people have died from COVID-19 complications after reporting delays led to a jump of 10 fatalities on Tuesday.
A total of 65 people in Long Beach have now died of coronavirus, with 50 associated with long-term care facilities, Mayor Robert Garcia said in a press conference.
“For us, it’s a sobering reminder that this is still a health crisis,” Garcia said.
The 10 deaths reported Tuesday don’t suggest a spike or a surge because they were spread over a period of five days when reported deaths were low, health department director Kelly Colopy said.
She noted that the pandemic is testing the systems the state, county and city had in place to report deaths.
The city on Wednesday also reported 35 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the city, bringing the total to 1,400 cases. A backlog of tests from private labs caused an artificial surge in cases in the last two weeks, causing the city to report as many as 110 new cases in a day.
A total of 56 people are hospitalized with the virus. The city reached its highest number of people hospitalized so far on Sunday with 66 people.
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