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Travis Whisler of Long Beach, left, an employee with the Orange County Fire Authority, receives his COVID-19 vaccine from Justin Myers, right, a paramedic with the OCFA at the Orange County Fire Authority Headquarters in Irvine on Saturday morning, January 9.

Another 24 Long Beach residents have died from coronavirus-related causes, officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 12, bringing the city’s death toll to 484.

But the city reported that, because of a data processing delay at the state level, some of the deaths and cases that were reported Tuesday dated back to last week.

Long Beach reported 2,521 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. There have been 41,079 cases identified in the city since the pandemic began.

About 27,540 people — or 67% of those who have tested positive — have since recovered.

There were 581 people being treated in local hospitals for the virus on Tuesday, down from 587 the day prior.

Long Beach’s new daily case rate, meanwhile, dropped from 141.5 per 100,000 people on Monday to 139.6 on Tuesday. And the city’s positive testing rate also fell, from 17.2% on Monday to 16.9% on Tuesday.

The news came as officials announced that Long Beach will begin offering vaccination clinics for people ages 75 and older on Saturday, Jan. 16. Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill, 90, will participate in the first clinic. The clinics for older adults will continue each Saturday until everyone in the group who wants a vaccine has received one.

Next week, on Jan. 23, people from ages 65 to 74 can begin participating in the clinics.

Prior to making an appointment, people should contact their healthcare provider for vaccine availability. But folks who still have questions or would like to make an appointment can call 562-570-4636, option 6, or email COVID19Vaccine@longbeach.gov.

“Our older residents are among the folks most at-risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and I’m so glad we’ll soon be able to vaccinate older adults,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We are moving aggressively to vaccinate all of our vulnerable seniors.”

Representatives for workers at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, meanwhile, said they hope the group can be among those next in line for the vaccine.

On Monday, leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union sent a letter to county health officials and the governor, asking that they become eligible for vaccines at the beginning of Phase 1B.

The letter said that eight union members have died from the virus since early December, and in the first week of January, 54 more positive cases have been confirmed among the workers.

“It is thanks to the hard work of our members that cargo moves efficiently through the San Pedro Bay Port Complex,” they wrote. “This in turn keeps store shelves stocked with the food, goods and personal protective equipment millions of Americans need as they shelter in place or care for those suffering the effects of COVID-19. While we are proud to be essential, we refuse to be overlooked as this virus rages on.”

City News Service contributed to this report.

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