Long Beach, California – Long Beach set a new COVID-19 related record since the beginning of the pandemic, passing 100,000 active coronavirus cases.
The Department of Health and Human Services reported 7,854 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the city to a total of 106,200 active cases.
“Hitting 100,000 cases of COVID-19 at this point in 2022 should serve as a clear reminder why we all need to get fully vaccinated. Our health department is doing amazing work for our community and we’ve increased our testing capacity to meet the demand,” Mayor Robert Garcia stated.
The omicron variant has wreaked havoc in the majority of the cities across the state and the country, as well as in Long Beach, putting strains on the health systems and raising concerns about the health of the people. According to a report, as of Tuesday, the city’s positivity rate was over 30 percent. The city’s new daily case rate was 426.8 per 100,000 residents as of Tuesday, according to the latest available data.
Hospitalizations are also rising in the city, with 358 people admitted to hospitals as of Tuesday. In addition, hospitalizations are on the rise in Los Angeles County, with intensive-care unit beds beginning to fill up as a result. This week, there was a nearly 10% rise in the number of patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) in Los Angeles County, with 4,701 people hospitalized as of Monday, January 17.
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“The Omicron variant spreads easily, but we can protect ourselves and people we see by getting one of the vaccines. We’ve done so well as a community, so we must keep it up,” said Garcia.
On the federal level, the United States government has developed an online platform through which people may order free at-home COVID-19 test kits. On top of that, President Joe Biden said that 400 million N95 masks would be made available for free to citizens starting next week.