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Governor Made the Right Call

Release Date: 2020-11-13

Yesterday, Governor Newsom hit the “emergency brake” on the State’s COVID-19 reopenings. In looking at the data, most of California, including our neighbors to the south in Orange County, now meet metrics that put them in the State’s purple tier. This is the tier that Long Beach is in, and the tier with the most restrictions. It is absolutely the right call — based on data and science.

Unfortunately, we are seeing the positivity rate and case rate rise statewide and it is translating to increases in hospitalizations. This is also true in Long Beach. Two weeks ago, our positivity rate was 3 percent and our case rate 8.2. Now, our positivity rate is 4 percent and our case rate 12. These numbers need to come down. We must keep hospitalizations low and save lives.

On a personal note, this will be my first Thanksgiving without my mom and stepdad who died from COVID-19. While there is nothing I can do to change this, you can protect your loved ones by limiting your holiday interactions this year. Please sacrifice this season so that we can enjoy our friends and family in the years ahead.

Locally, we are doing everything we can to help. We have launched a dual COVID-19 and influenza testing system to help those feeling sick distinguish between the two, started mobile COVID-19 testing in hard to reach immigrant communities, and continue to assist businesses with micro-grants and loans.

The State and Governor Newsom have been incredible partners in these efforts and we appreciate their leadership. Let’s all stay safe and support each other.

Thank you and stay healthy,

Mayor Robert Garcia