Long Beach reports jump in hospitalizations

Long Beach reported 76 people hospitalized for coronavirus on Thursday, up from 67 on Wednesday, officials said.

The increase comes as hospitalizations have remained relatively steady or shown slight increases in recent weeks.

The city on Wednesday applied to fast-track its reopening as officials said they’re confident that Long Beach’s numbers are moving in the right direction.

If the state gives the green light, Long Beach could move into the next phase of reopening, which would allow the city to reopen barbershops, beauty salons and dine-in service at restaurants possibly by this weekend. 

Overall, the city reported 1,741 positive coronavirus cases, up from 1,666 on Wednesday. Fatalities stood at 81, of which 62 are connected to long-term care facilities.

Officials noted that the daily case counts continue to fluctuate due to demand for testing and backlogs from laboratories.

A total of 496 positive cases have been reported at 25 long-term care facilities since the start of the pandemic.

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].