Long Beach reports 5 more deaths from COVID-19

Long Beach officials on Tuesday reported five additional deaths due to COVID-19 and 313 new cases of the disease.

It’s one of the highest single-day jumps not attributed to delayed data reporting, and brings the total number of deaths from the virus to 168. The city has reported a total of 7,895 COVID-19 cases.

Of the deaths reported Tuesday, two people were in their 60s and three were in their 70s, all with underlying health conditions.

One death was related to a long-term care facility, bringing the total number of deaths related to these facilities to 119. The last time the city reported a death related to a long-term care facility was two weeks ago on July 15. This is in contrast to the earlier months of the pandemic, when long-term care facilities were reporting new deaths nearly everyday.

Countywide, officials reported 51 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 4,426. This includes two people between the ages of 18 and 29 and five people between the ages of 30 and 49 years old who died. The two under the age of 30 had underlying health conditions, as did three of the five aged 30 to 49. Officials have been saying for weeks that more young people are getting severely sick from the disease and dying.

Officials also said 102 Long Beach residents are hospitalized. Countywide, 2,051 people are hospitalized, with 29% in intensive care and 18% on ventilators, however three hospitals were not included in Tuesday’s data, making it incomplete, county officials said. The county has reported 2,708 new cases since Monday, but said it’s expecting a backlog of cases in the coming days because of reporting delays in the state lab system.

In addition, city officials reported a police department employee in the field support division tested positive for COVID-19. They were last at work on July 18 and are now isolating at home. The city had reported last week that an employee in the same division had also tested positive and was last at work July 16.

The county has test results for nearly 1,675,000 people with a positivity rate of 10%.

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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.