Long Beach, California 2020-11-21 19:00:12 –
Mayor of Long Beach, Robert Garcia, announced this message on Saturday, November 21st. He updates weekly about the city’s situation as the new coronavirus outbreaks.
With the proliferation of COVID-19 almost everywhere, California is under a new limited stay-at-home order aimed at protecting public health and saving lives. Long Beach has maintained a cautious approach for a long time, but even we need to be more vigilant as our case rates, positive rates and hospitalizations are all increasing. Therefore, it is very important that residents listen to new orders and stay home from 10 pm to 5 am. This means more to our community than we expected.
Two weeks ago, our positive rate was about 3% and our case rate was 9%. Currently, the positive rate is 4.9% and the case rate is 15%. These numbers are impressive and tell us that we can’t give up.
We need to stay home as much as possible, rethink our travel plans, avoid indoor gatherings, and always cover our faces with people outside the house. Public health experts tell us that the upcoming cool weather and the approaching holidays make the threat more serious than in spring.
I’m frustrated and disappointed that I can’t get together safely with my family this season, but this year I miss my family so I can spend a lot of vacations with my loved ones in the future.
Long Beach needs to continue to lead and the city is doing everything we can help. Together, we will overcome this economic crisis by prioritizing public health, supporting communities with creative services, and staying as positive as possible.
At Long Beach, all COVID-19 tests also include a flu test. Last week, the city council launched a guaranteed income program for local artists. We have also launched the Long Beach BizCare program.
Long Beach BizCare offers mobile pop-ups focused on the most pandemic-affected communities. This pop-up allows companies to receive face-to-face, multilingual assistance when applying for a new SME funding program funded by the CARES Act. It will also be featured in other regional resources such as the city’s emergency microloan and kivalon programs, free technical assistance, low-cost technology devices, and internet services.
We are very proud of this new program. This program has the potential to support the prosperity of many local SMEs.
We know that we can and will overcome the challenges we face. Stay home as much as possible. Cover your face in public. Please keep the curfew. And most importantly, make this holiday season smarter.
Celebrate the end of this pandemic next year and make sure you don’t mourn your lost lives. We all have to rely on each other, so let’s all do the right thing.