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Long Beach Lifeguard Jake Becker directs traffic in April at Jordan High School, one of the city's drive-thru coronavirus testing sites.

The number of coronavirus cases in Long Beach continued to surge Thursday, Nov. 19, as city officials tightened restrictions on businesses and gatherings — aligning with new county and state orders to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Another 192 cases were identified in Long Beach, marking the fourth consecutive day that new cases were in the triple digits. The city’s new daily case rate also continued to climb, hitting 16.7 new cases per 100,000 people, up from 14.9 the day prior.

Long Beach’s new daily case rate has increased each reporting day since Monday, Nov. 9, when the rate was just 7.3 new cases per 100,000 people.

Officials also reported on Thursday that another Long Beach resident died from coronavirus-related causes, bringing the city’s death toll to 269.

There were 52 Long Beach residents in hospitals with the virus on Thursday.

There have been 14,839 coronavirus cases identified in Long Beach since the pandemic began. But about 13,435 people — or 91% of those who have tested positive — have since recovered.

The positive testing rate in Long Beach was 4.7% on Thursday, up from 4.5% the day prior.

The news came as officials updated the city’s health order to tighten restrictions; the changes will go into effect Friday, Nov. 20. Among the changes are:

Non-essential businesses and offices for essential businesses must remain at 25% capacity or lower;

Outdoor dining must remain at 50% capacity or lower;

Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars and non-essential retail businesses must close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, meaning the last customer must leave the premises by 10 p.m.;

With limited exceptions, residents must wear a face covering over both their nose and mouth whenever outside their place of residence; and

Gatherings are only permitted outdoors, with a maximum of 15 people from no more than three households.

The updates mirrored new county and state orders that are also intended to curb the current surge of coronavirus cases.

At the state level, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday a new order that will go into effect Saturday, Nov. 21, banning gatherings and non-essential businesses from operating from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties that are in the most restrictive tier for managing the virus, which includes Los Angeles County. The new state order is currently set to last one month.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, for his part, said he agreed with the move.

“This action by Governor Gavin Newsom will save lives and provide relief to our hospitals and healthcare system,” he said in a statement. “The rest of the country should follow his lead and do the same.”

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