COVID-19 City Update – 4.17

By the Numbers (Long Beach only):

  • 419 positive results, including 45 people who are hospitalized and approximately 213* cases where people have recovered. 
    • 105 positive cases have been confirmed at a total of seven long-term care facilities in Long Beach which includes sites with active cases, cleared cases and fatalities. These cases include both facility residents and staff members (who may not be Long Beach residents). 
  • There is a total of 20 fatalities:
    • All had underlying health conditions
    • 15 are associated with long-term care facilities
    • Three individuals were in their 50s, three were in their 60s, two were in their 70s, and 12 were over 80 years old
    • Six individuals were men and 14 were women 
    • At this time, to avoid risk to patient privacy, no further details will be provided

*Please note that, for low-risk patients recovering at home, recovery data is self-reported. The City will update this number to the best of its ability, but can only provide an approximate total.

Today’s Highlights:

  • At 3 p.m. today, there will be a news briefing with Mayor Garcia, City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis and a Spanish-language translator from the Health Department. The briefing will be livestreamed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @LongBeachCity.
  • Beginning tomorrow, April 18, the City of Long Beach will operate free drive-through COVID-19 testing in North and West Long Beach, and a drive-through testing site will also be offered at St. Mary Medical Center.  All sites are open to the public by appointment only. A press release with more details is forthcoming later today.
  • The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services launched a revamped COVID-19 website to offer ease of accessibility and enhance the overall user experience. A press release with more details will be forthcoming later today.
  • Yesterday afternoon the City shared an update on resources for older adult residents as part of its response to COVID-19.  

Safer at Home Order:

Past News Releases:

  • To view past COVID-19-related press releases, visit the City Press Release  Archive. Releases include information about economic relief, help for people experiencing homelessness and updates regarding City operations.

Joint Information Center:

  • The Joint Information Center (JIC) remains open during normal business hours, seven days a week: 562.570.NEWS (6397) or

Important Public Safety Announcements:

  • The City urges people to remain calm. Follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and visit for guidance. Sign up for Alert Long Beach to receive emergency notifications.
  • Long Beach Police and Fire Departments remain fully committed to the ongoing City efforts to ensure the safety and health of its community members. 
  • The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners approved enforcement of the City’s March 28 Health Order to, as a last resort, shut off water service to non-essential businesses operating in violation of the health order.

Who To Call & Additional Resources:

  • Up-To-Date Local Information on COVID-19: and @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Highlights can be found using the hashtag #COVID19LongBeach. 
  • Media Inquiries: 562.570.NEWS (6397) or 
  • Business Information Line (normal business hours): 562.570.4BIZ (4249)
  • Public Information Line (normal business hours): 562.570.INFO (4636)
  • Health Providers:
    • Normal hours: 562.570.4302
    • After hours emergency only: 562.500.5537