Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia (Hayley Munguia/SCNG)

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia (Hayley Munguia/SCNG)

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s mother and stepfather are both on ventilators with an illness related the the coronavirus, Garcia announced Monday, July 13.

Both recently tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and currently hospitalized.

While they are on ventilators — a forced breathing apparatus inserted down the airways while the patient is unconscious — Garcia said his mother and stepfather are in stable condition and receiving “heroic care” from hospital staff. “Stable condition” is a term typically, but not always, used to describe that the patient’s current state has not significantly changed or in flux.

“My mom is a healthcare worker,” Garcia said in a statement. “She’s worked in the same clinic for over 25 years and is incredibly careful and understands the seriousness of this virus.

“Thankfully, both are in stable condition and we hope for a full recovery,” he added. “They are both receiving heroic care from amazing doctors and nurses.”

Garcia and his husband, Matt, have not had any in-person interaction with them in weeks, the mayor said. Garcia and his husband both tested negative for the virus following a recent test.

“As a son, and as your Mayor, I promise to continue to lead us through this pandemic with resolve and compassion,” Garcia said. “Let’s keep our families healthy — and our city moving forward.”

—Hunter Lee

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