Long Beach reports 1 more coronavirus death, 110 new cases

Another Long Beach resident, a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions, has died from coronavirus-related causes, officials announced Monday, Sept. 21, bringing the city’s death toll to 238.

The city also reported 110 new coronavirus cases. There have been 11,550 cases identified in Long Beach since the pandemic began.

But about 10,748 people — or 93% of those who have tested positive — have since recovered.

There were 44 Long Beach residents in hospitals with the virus on Monday.

Long Beach’s positive testing rate was 4%, slightly higher than the 3.8% reported Friday. Its new daily case rate was 6.8 per 100,000, also a slight uptick from the 6.1 reported Friday.

The state requires a county’s positive testing rate to be at or below 8% and for its new daily case rate per 100,000 people to be at or below 7 — and for the numbers to remain there for at least two weeks — before moving ahead with further reopenings. Monday began the second week that Long Beach met both of those requirements.

But even when Long Beach meets those metrics for two weeks, it’s unclear the city would be allowed to let more businesses reopen. That’s because the state tracks the data at a county, not a city, level. So Los Angeles County as a whole must meet the requirements before more businesses and other facilities in Long Beach will be able to reopen.

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