The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Long Beach climbed to 28 on Tuesday.
The number is up from 21 cases reported on Monday and comes as the city saw its first fatality—a woman in her 50s with underlying health conditions.
The latest numbers include one of two Cal State Long Beach students who have contracted the new coronavirus. The second student was not counted in Long Beach’s numbers because the person does not live in the city, officials said.
It’s unclear how many people are being monitored for possible exposure to COVID-19. The city’s health department said it is no longer reporting that number because it is focusing on “prioritizing the highest-risk contacts.”
As the number of cases rises, Long Beach is building a temporary medical facility for non-COVID-19 patients at the Port of Long Beach’s former Sea Launch facility. A Navy hospital ship is also headed to the Port of Los Angeles.
Based on advice from the state, the Long Beach Health Department issued guidance to local healthcare providers not to test patients with only mild COVID-19 symptoms because of a shortage of tests.
City health officials said testing will continue to be based on medical need and will help ensure that people who most need testing can get results rapidly, while reducing strain on the health care system.
Los Angeles County on Tuesday reported four new deaths for a total of 11 in the county, including one person under the age of 18. The county confirmed 128 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 669 cases.
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