2 more die of COVID-19 as nursing homes continue to be hardest hit

Two more people have died of complications from the coronavirus in Long Beach. City officials said today that both victims were connected to long-term care facilities, where COVID-19 has continued to be at its most deadly.

In all, 12 people have died in connection with the virus, according to the city’s daily media briefing. Nine of them were associated with long-term care facilities such as nursing homes or assisted living centers.

Health officials also announced five new confirmed cases of the virus, a relatively small number compared to increases in recent days, but local and county health officials have said numbers can be deceivingly low over the weekend because not all labs report results outside of normal business hours.

In all, Long Beach has 337 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Out of that number, 71 cases have been at six long-term care facilities where patients have tested positive. Those facilities are:

  • Palmcrest Grand Assisted Living
  • Long Beach Healthcare Center
  • Pacific Palms Healthcare
  • Bixby Knolls Towers
  • Broadway by the Sea
  • Glen Park Assisted Living

City officials have not said how many cases are at each facility, but all of them except Glen Park have two or more cases, they said.

Of the 12 people who have died, all had underlying health conditions that may have made them more susceptible to complications, according to the city.

Health officials said two victims were in their 50s, two were in their 60s, two were in their 70s and six were over 80. Both of the victims announced today were women—one in her 70s and one who was over 80—according to the city.

At least 140 people have recovered from COVID-19 locally, but city officials said that number likely isn’t complete because it relies on low-risk patients reporting when they feel completely better.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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