Long Beach reports 2 more cases of coronavirus; 3 people have recovered

Two additional people have been infected with coronavirus, bringing the Long Beach’s total to 12, city officials announced Thursday.

The number of people who’ve tested positive is up from 10 on Wednesday, and five reported on Saturday. Three of those who originally tested positive have recovered, officials said.

Approximately 130 people currently being monitored—a number that has not changed from Wednesday. 

The city is expected to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. today with Mayor Robert Garcia and Emily Holman, the city communicable disease controller.

Officials have said they expect the numbers to grow as more people are being tested. The test kits were initially delayed as they were distributed to counties with higher infection rates, but last week Long Beach received 1,000 kits.

Health officials are still investigating where the infected individuals have traveled within the city and could release more information on that topic, but the details would be released in a way that protects peoples’ privacy, officials said.

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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].