COVID-19 Cases rise throughout Beach Cities
by Mark McDermott
The Beach Cities this week experienced its largest increase in new COVID-19 since the summer, in keeping with trends throughout Los Angeles.
El Segundo increased from 168 cases on November 17 to 182 cases November 24, Hermosa Beach increased from 303 to 327, Manhattan Beach from 465 to 497, Redondo Beach from 764 to 838, and Torrance from 1,763 to 1,932. The cumulative increase was 313 cases.
Overall in LA County, the numbers were the worst since the beginning of the pandemic. In less than two weeks, daily deaths have tripled and COVID-19 cases have quadrupled, with the five day average reaching 4,500 through Wednesday, a triggering point for a possible new stay-at-home order. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, called the increase “the most alarming metrics we’ve ever seen.”
“The risk at this point is that overwhelming the healthcare system is now a very real possibility,” she told the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning.
Later that day, the County recorded 51 deaths, the highest daily total in more than two months. Due to the spike in cases and deaths, Ferrer said people should only celebrate Thanksgiving with people from their own households.
“People mixing with others not in their household has driven the COVID-19 pandemic in L.A. County to dangerous levels,” she said.
Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, whose city saw its biggest one week increase, implored residents to follow public health orders.
“Redondo Beach is having a fall surge like every other city, and we need to be extra vigilant,” said Brand. “People still think this is all a hoax, or are demanding evidence before they prioritize being safe. Hospitalizations In LA County have almost doubled in just two weeks. There’s all the science anyone should need to simply wear a mask over your nose when near others, and avoid enclosed spaces with people not in your household. Several vaccines are coming soon, and by next spring we should be back to normal if all goes well. Time to double down on being safe.”