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Long Beach Sees 3 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Total To 8

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The Long Beach breakwater, photographed on April 26, 2019 in Long Beach, California. (James Bernal/LAist)
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Long Beach on Tuesday reported three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total citywide to eight, officials said.

Of the three new patients, two traveled to locations of known transmission and one case is still under investigation.

These are the first new cases reported since Saturday. Approximately 110 people are currently being monitored for possible exposure to the new coronavirus.

As of Tuesday morning, California has so far seen 392 cases, while the country has reported more than 3,400.

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The city noted that private labs are now testing people, but are only required to report positive results — the number of negative and pending results remain unclear.

Meanwhile, bars, nightclubs, breweries and wineries, as well as gyms and other fitness facilities and large entertainment venues are to remained closed through March 31 in accordance with a mandate issued by the Health and Human Services Department.

Restaurants and other food-serving establishments are limited to delivery and takeout only.

If Long Beach residents think they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, they should call — not visit — their health care provider, who must determine a test is necessary for one to be administered.

Long Beach residents can also call 562-570-INFO (4636), between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., if they can’t get in touch with their health care provider.

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City officials urged residents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing good hygiene, avoiding crowds, and keeping six feet of distance from people when possible.

The virus usually causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But the governor is urging those 65 and older and people with chronic health conditions to stay at home because they can be hit with more severe illness, including pneumonia.

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