Two Additional COVID-19 Deaths Recorded In Manhattan BeachJan 15, 2021 08:26PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Two additional COVID-19 deaths have been reported for Manhattan Beach, bringing the total to eight since the beginning of the pandemic.
Just last week, two deaths were added to Manhattan Beach's count. Friday's additions mean that the total deaths from COVID since the beginning of the pandemic have doubled since early January.
“I would like to extend my condolences to the families and friends in Manhattan Beach who grieve the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. The City wishes you healing and peace,” said Manhattan Beach Mayor Suzanne Hadley in a statement. “COVID-19 deaths close to home remind us that the coronavirus continues to be a challenge and concern. Until more of us are vaccinated, as a community we must remain vigilant in wearing our masks, maintaining social distance, and keeping up with our hygiene.”
The county does not provide city-specific demographics on cases or deaths.
However, across L.A. County, there were 258 new deaths reported on Friday. Of those 258: 95 people were over the age of 80; 79 people were between the ages of 65 and 79; 60 people were between the ages of 50 and 64; 13 people were between the ages of 30 and 49; and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. Seven additional deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and three additional deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena.
“To all people grieving the loss of a loved one to COVID-19, we are deeply sorry for your loss and wish you peace," said L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer in a statement. "As vaccine supply allows, we want to expand vaccinations and move through the tiers as quickly as possible. We are very hopeful that our allocation of doses increases enough for us to begin vaccinating seniors before the end of the month. As vaccine supply improves, more residents will become eligible for vaccinations. It will take a number of months to reach the level of vaccination needed in the population to curb ongoing transmission of the virus."
While the vaccination process is underway, residents are urged to follow the measures needed to prevent spread of the virus--wearing a face covering, avoiding gatherings, keeping a safe distance from others, and washing hands frequently. Individuals with underlying health conditions and those that are older should remain in their home and not be around others unless seeking essential medical care.
Rapid Rise in COVID-19 Cases
Manhattan Beach has seen a jump in COVID-19 cases since the beginning of December, and a new burst in January.
There have been 184 new cases reported since December 31, and 82 new cases in the past week.
The L.A. County Department of Public Health also provides a daily report on recent cases in non-residential settings such as businesses and also for schools. The latest numbers from the county show that in Manhattan Beach, Gelson's has reported 25 cases among employees, while La Marina Preschool has reported 4 cases among staff and 3 cases among students.