Majority of Long Beach’s COVID-19 deaths connected to long-term care facilities

Long Beach reported Wednesday that one more resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the city’s total to seven. Out of that number, four deaths are linked to six long-term care facilities like nursing homes or assisted living facilities, the city revealed.

Health officials did not say whether the four victims were residents at the facilities, only they were “associated” with them.

The latest person killed by the coronavirus was a man over 80 years old with underlying health conditions, officials said.

“Our hearts and our prayers and our love go out to the families affected,” Mayor Robert Garcia said.

Long-term care facilities have been hit hard by the pandemic, accounting for 47 cases at six facilities in the city. The facilities are: Palmcrest Grand Assisted Living, Long Beach Healthcare Center, Pacific Palms Healthcare, Bixby Knolls Towers, Broadway by the Sea and Glen Park Assisted Living.

Overall, 285 people in Long Beach have tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said 38 of those people are hospitalized.

Of all the fatalities, one victim was in their 50s, two were in their 60s and four were over 80 years old, according to the city.

Approximately 140 people have reportedly recovered from the virus, including five firefighters who had tested positive. Health officials have cleared the firefighters to go back to work. Another 11 firefighters and one police employee remained sidelined by the disease.

Across the region, LA County reported 29 coronavirus-related deaths, which pushed the total to 199, while the overall number of cases topped 7,500.

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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.
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