COVID-19 City Update: 8.31

By the Numbers (Long Beach only):   

  • 10,524 total positive results
    • 87 new cases since Friday
    • Seven-day positivity rate: 5.2%
    • 10.5 new cases per 100K population
  • 216 fatalities
  • 60 people hospitalized 
  • Approximately 9,525 recovered (Please note that, for low-risk patients recovering at home, recovery data is self-reported) 
  • 185,169 total tests conducted 
  • Information as of August 29

Details Regarding Fatalities:

  • 141 are associated with long-term care facilities (LTCF)
  • Ages:
    • 2 were in their 20s
    • 5 were in their 40s
    • 17 were in their 50s
    • 53 were in their 60s
    • 48 were in their 70s
    • 61 were in their 80s
    • 30 were over 90 
  • 95 female, 121 male
  • 215 individuals had underlying health conditions

Today’s Highlights:

  • Statement by Kelly Colopy, Health and Human Services Director, regarding hair salons: The State has recently transitioned from tracking COVID-19 trends via the County Monitoring List to a four-tiered, color-coded system to determine operations. Long Beach and Los Angeles County fall in the Purple Tier (Widespread), which allows salons, barbershops and malls to resume indoor operations. The City and County current Health Orders, however, do not allow for the reopening of indoor hair salons and barbershops. The City Health Officer is expected to amend the Health Order with protocols for the safe reopening of salons and barbershops, in coordination with health officials from Los Angeles County and Pasadena, in the near future.
  • The State recently provided new information to the City regarding positivity rate calculation. The City, per the recommendation from the State, will align with the California Department of Public Health on its method for calculating the positivity rate in Long Beach. This new method of calculation includes only labs that are electronically entered into the CalREDIE system. This method leads to a lower reported positivity rate, as previously the City included other data from outside the CalREDIE system in the calculation. While the positivity rate is lower with this new method of calculating, it does not impact the case rate reporting. The City remains in the Purple Tier (Widespread) due to the case rate (more than seven daily new cases per 100,000 population).
  • Long Beach has conducted 100,000 COVID-19 tests at City-administered sites, meeting a critical need of the COVID-19 pandemic and far exceeding the State’s requirement.
  • New measures for monitoring the spread of COVID-19 were announced by Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday. The color-coded tiers, ranging from purple (widespread) to yellow (minimal), place Long Beach and all of Los Angeles County into the purple category. 
  • A Police Department employee assigned to the East Division has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee, who is not a Long Beach resident, was last at work on August 26. They are now isolating at home.

Long-Term Care Facility Case Information:

  • A total of1,395 positive cases have been confirmed at LTCFs in the city since the start of the pandemic (see attachment).

Tracking the Curve: