COVID-19 resources, updates and information

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King Jr.

CALIFORNIA FAMILIES IN FOCUS CARES ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY AND WE WILL TRY AND KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THE LATEST INFORMATION ON COVID-19, BUT THE BEST PLACE TO SIGN UP TO GET DETAILS ON ALL THAT THE CITY OF LONG BEACH IS DOING TO KEEP ITS RESIDENTS SAFE, VISIT: LONGBEACH.GOV/COVID19 AND FOLLOW @LONGBEACHCITY ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM.

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Governor Newsom recently said, “It’s in these times of crisis that Californians are at their best, coming together to the aid of those in their community who are most in need.” Californians across the state are stepping up to meet this moment, and now, we need you.
Inspire others to join #CaliforniansForAll by sharing this video narrated by Peter Coyote!
As critical needs arise, we will be asking you to take action (safely) in your community. Look out for our calls-to-action!
We are also partnering with state agencies, local governments, and nonprofits throughout the state who have critical volunteer needs. As we identify high priority volunteer opportunities near you, we will pass your information to our local partners, who will be in contact with you about opportunities to serve.
While we work on connecting you to local opportunities, here are a few ideas on how you can make a difference today:
Idea #1:Print and share this flyer in your community to encourage everyone to join #CaliforniansForAll.
Idea #2:Check in with a neighbor via phone, text, or video chat. Be sure to share on social media and tag us @CaliforniaVolunteers!
Idea #3:Challenge 3 friends or family members to join #CaliforniansForAll to help unite our communities in service.
For more ways every Californian can make a difference during these difficult times, visit CaliforniansForAll.CA.GOV.
Thank you for helping California meet the moment!
Josh FrydayChief Service OfficerCalifornia VolunteersOffice of the Governor
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We are saddened today to report Long Beach has lost a total of 27 residents to COVID-19. Our continued love and prayers go out to their families and friends. These losses bring into focus the importance of our Safer at Home order and that we have to do all we can to stay healthy.

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You have access everyday to our Long Beach data through our new dashboard. You can access the dashboard at any time here.

Here’s an update on today’s numbers:

  • 489 positive results, including 44 people who are hospitalized and approximately 288* cases where people have recovered. 
    • 147 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 are a total of 27 fatalities:
    • All had underlying health conditions
    • 22 are associated with long-term care facilities
    • Three individuals were in their 50s, five were in their 60s, three were in their 70s and 16 were over 80 years old
    • 11 individuals were men and 16 were women 
    • At this time, to avoid risk to patient privacy, no further details will be provided
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  • Today’s information regarding positive cases, hospitalizations, and demographic breakdown is available online at www.longbeach.gov/COVID19.
  • The City’s data dashboard provides information that allows the public to see more granular data than previously released and now provides city comparisons among other jurisdictions. 
    • The elements of the dashboard are updated as information comes in so that the public can get the most up-to-date information available.

 Thank you,

Mayor Robert Garcia

LONG BEACH ANNOUNCES THREE NEW COVID-19 TESTING SITES IN THE CITY

Long Beach, CA – Beginnin Saturday, April 18, there will be three new testing sites in Long Beach, more than tripling the current testing capability in Long Beach.

“Expanding testing has been a huge priority and these three new sites along with our Long Beach City College location will enable us to perform over 500 tests per day,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are not waiting around for more tests to arrive but are actively purchasing our own to take care of Long Beach.”

The City of Long Beach will be operating free drive-through COVID-19 testing at two additional sites in North and West Long Beach, supplementing the testing available at the Rapid Assessment Clinic currently being operated by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services at Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (PCC). Additionally, a new drive-through testing site will be offered at St. Mary Medical Center. All sites are open to the public by appointment only.

The two new City testing sites will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until further notice and will be available at the below locations:

  • Jordan High School, 6500 Atlantic Ave. (entrance on Atlantic Avenue)
  • Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave. (entrance on Santa Fe Avenue at W. Willard Street)

Testing will be available at both sites by appointment only. Same or next day testing appointments will be open to all who are symptomatic. While testing is prioritized for individuals who are over 65 years of age or have underlying chronic health conditions, it is available to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms. Interested individuals should visit the City’s COVID-19 testing page and answer several pre-screening questions. Residents with no email address or those who need assistance with scheduling an appointment, can contact the City’s COVID-19 INFO hotline at (562) 570-INFO (4636).

The tests provided at the new City sites will be mouth swab tests that do not require assistance. The City expects to test approximately 120 people per day at each new site.

Individuals with positive test results will be notified via email and will be contacted by Long Beach Health Department case investigators by phone. Individuals whose test results are negative will be notified via email.

Additionally, the St. Mary Medical Center testing site, located at 1050 Linden Ave., expects to test approximately 200 people per day at the facility, which will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Recent Long Beach data has shown a disparity in positive and hospitalized cases affecting the African American community, similar to the national trend. The City of Long Beach is committed to ensuring that all residents are educated about COVID-19 and have the necessary access to COVID-19 testing if they are symptomatic. By increasing free testing locations throughout Long Beach, the City seeks to provide more opportunities for all residents, if they test positive, to be supported while in isolation and acquire quick treatment if needed to further prevent complications, potential hospitalizations, and community spread.

CITY COUNCIL TAKES ACTION FOR ECONOMIC RELIEF

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Long Beach, CA – Yesterday, the Long Beach City Council unanimously adopted 25 individual actions related to a historic local Economic Relief Package designed to help working families and small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  
“I’m proud that this economic relief package protects workers and small businesses,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Long Beach residents deserve paid sick time during this health crisis and our small businesses need loans and access to grants.”

The comprehensive Economic Relief Plan programs will help working families and small business owners address the following critical needs, among others: 

·         To fill gaps in federal supplemental sick leave policy, the City Attorney will draft an ordinance requiring Long Beach employers with more than 500 employees nationwide to provide supplemental sick leave. 

·         To help impacted hotels and motels, creating a Hospitality Recovery Task Force to develop a plan to develop strategies for the recovery of visitors, business travel, leisure tourism and overnight stay rooms in Long Beach.
·         To help mortgage-holders partner with nonprofits to promote state and federal foreclosure protection programs, and work with nonprofit economic development or community development corporations to develop a mortgage assistance program. 
·         To assist hotel and janitorial workers who have been laid off, the City Attorney will draft an ordinance to provide worker retention and recall policies. 
·         To provide working capital to local small businesses and non-profit organizations unable to secure federal loans, the City approved the creation of a new Emergency Microloan Program. 

·         To protect the health of both customers and workers, the City Health Officer established new protocols including a new user-friendly small business checklist to be posted at all essential businesses by April 15. 

·         To reach more residents with information about support services in a variety of languages, the City will expand its Language Access Program. 
·         To safely assist people under self-quarantine, with a priority on older people. City management will continue to offer current resources and expanding on opportunities to help those in need, especially people over 60 years old.
·         To make these programs more accessible to local workers and small business owners, the City offers many resources, including: 
·         A hotline, 562-570-INFO (4636), for general COVID-19 questions
·         A hotline, 562-570-4BIZ (4249), for businesses and workers
·         A new website for businesses and workers
·         A website for COVID-19 informational resources
·         A website for business and worker resources
·         To collect and distribute donations to organizations helping people affected by COVID-19, the City created theLong Beach Disaster Relief Fund, in partnership with the Long Beach Community Foundation.
·         To connect people who want to volunteer their time or resources to help others in quarantine, a new Volunteer website has been established.
The City will continue to update these resources by:
·         Continuing to seek grants and donations to benefit local non-profits to promote the diversity of fresh food or other goods to those in quarantine. 
·         Adding resources to the call center and web page.
·         Promoting partnerships with local non-profit organizations to stay connected with people in quarantine. 

Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica and Economic Development Director John Keisler prepared and presented the Economic Relief Package. On March 17, City Council directed Modica to work with the City Attorney and all relevant departments to evaluate the feasibility of implementing an economic relief package for working families and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.  
Staff conducted outreach to City departments, private sector partners, lending institutions, property owners and community-based organizations impacted by the COVID-19 emergency, to review 12 issue areas and recommend strategies for consideration by the City Council. 

The ordinances will return to the City Council for review. City Council must approve the ordinances before they become effective.