Coronavirus Numbers Up, Up, Up For Manhattan Beach Residents

Liz Spear

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — In the last two days, 15 and 21 Manhattan Beach residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, moving the city's cumulative number of residents testing positive since data began being collected in March to 787.

More than one month ago, on Friday, Nov. 7, Manhattan Beach had 437 positive tests for the Novel Coronavirus. The number of residents testing positive since Nov. 7 is now 350 in less than two months.

According to a Los Angeles County news release, "In 2020, Public Health identified 770,602 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 10,345 deaths. Eighty-six percent of the people who died from COVID-19 this year had underlying health conditions.

"Younger residents continue to drive increases in community transmission in the county. At the beginning of the current surge on November 1, there were 463 cases a day among residents between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. By December 22, there were 4,419 cases a day among residents in this age group; an increase of about 950%.

"The next group driving increases are young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. When the surge began, there were 303 cases a day among adults between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. On December 22, there were 3,072 cases a day; a nearly 1,000% increase."

The latest tally for hospitalizations is 7,546 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 20% of them in the ICU.

"While the highest number of cases are among young adults, the individuals with the worst outcomes are those who are older," according to the news release. "Residents over 80 years old have consistently experienced the highest rates of hospitalization among all age groups in L.A. County followed by residents 65 to 79 years old, and residents 50 to 64 years old.

"We are also seeing increases in the rate of hospitalization among younger people. The hospitalization rate among people between the ages of 18 to 29 years old increased by 350% since November. Even children between the ages of 12 and 17 years old are being impacted - they have experienced a 200% increase in their rate of hospitalizations."

This article originally appeared on the Manhattan Beach Patch