Jan 3 COVID-19 Update

January 4, 2022

COVID-19 Update January 3, 2022

Dear Neighbor,


It is important to me that all Long Beach residents are aware of the latest information on COVID-19. Here is an update from our Health Department on the recent trends we are seeing on COVID-19.



Long Beach is experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. This surge is on par with what has been seen throughout California and across the nation upon the introduction of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. From December 11th to 17th, 48% of sequenced specimens in Long Beach were Omicron, and the percentage is expected to increase rapidly in the coming days.


The average daily number of cases increased by 1,234%, from 44 cases on December 1st to 587 on December 29th. These are some of the highest daily numbers Long Beach has seen since mid-January 2021. While hospitalizations for Long Beach residents remain stable, from 49 on December 20th to 52 on Dec. 28th, area hospitalizations are up, from 51 on December 20th to 129 on December 28. Despite the increase in hospitalizations, the number of those hospitalized remains well below the 263 Long Beach residents hospitalized during the winter surge that occurred at the beginning of 2021. Of those who are currently hospitalized, 71% are unvaccinated, demonstrating the effectiveness of the vaccine for reducing severe illness and hospitalizations.



This graph shows the seven-day average number of new cases reported to the Department of Health and Human Services. The peaks demonstrate the surges experienced and the one-month percentage increase during each surge. The current rise is the steepest the City has observed since the pandemic began.

Today in Long Beach: 

·     73,646 total positive results

·     Increase in 1,406 cases since yesterday

·     Seven-day positivity rate: 8.1%

·     69.3 seven-day case rate per 100K population

·     1,075 fatalities

·     52 Long Beach residents hospitalized with COVID-19

·     137 total COVID-19 hospitalizations in area hospitals (Long Beach Memorial Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, College Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Los Alamitos Medical Center)

·     Approximately 66,192 recovered (Please note that, for low-risk patients recovering at home, recovery data is self-reported)

·     783,325 total tests conducted

·     Information as of December 29, 2021

Details Regarding Fatalities:

·     Ages:

·     8 were 18-29

·     90 were 30-49

·     240 were 50-64

·     383 were 65-79

·     354 were 80+


·     339,835 vaccinated residents

·     85.4% of residents 18+

·     72.8% of all residents