PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/17/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
Subject:
Official Statement by City of Long Beach on 1,000 COVID-19-Related Deaths
Contact:
Jennifer Rice Epstein
562.441.3590
Jennifer.RiceEpstein@longbeach.gov
Public Affairs Officer
Department of Health and Human Services




The City of Long Beach reached a somber milestone as three new COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic in Long Beach to 1,000, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department).

"This pandemic has caused the most devastating loss of life in our city's history," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "My heart goes out to the hundreds of families that have lost a loved one during this crisis."

As of midnight September 16, 2021, the 1,000 people who died since the start of the pandemic in Long Beach included: 84 ages 18 to 49; 213 ages 50 to 64; and 703 ages 65 and over.

“Our community is forever changed by these tragic deaths,” said Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “Our Health Department is continuing to do everything it can to protect our community from future losses from this deadly pandemic.”

In honor of those who died, City Hall and other city facilities and landmarks will be lit up in white on the evenings of Friday, September 17, through Monday, September 20.

The deadly virus has been the single leading cause of death in Long Beach for the past 18 months. The City’s first death due to complications from COVID-19 was reported in late March 2020. That number reached 500 in mid-January 2021.

For comparison, since March 2020, there have been 986 deaths due to all cancers, 835 deaths due to coronary heart disease, 270 due to cerebrovascular diseases, 282 due to Alzheimer’s Disease, 208 due to chronic lower respiratory disease and 201 due to Diabetes.

The City of Long Beach emphasizes the ongoing urgency of everyone to get vaccinated. Nearly all cases of severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 continue to occur among those not yet fully vaccinated. For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. People may also visit longbeach.gov/COVID19data for up to date information regarding cases and vaccines in Long Beach.