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Long Beach Had Its Worst Week So Far For New COVID-19 Cases

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In early March, cruise ship passengers docked in Long Beach awaited the testing of fellow passenger at a local hospital. (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)
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Long Beach confirmed 184 new COVID-19 cases over the past seven days, the worst week of newly-detected infections since local health officials in the state's seventh-largest city found its first coronavirus patient about two months ago.

Until this week, the highest number of cases confirmed during a Monday-to-Sunday span there was only 124. City officials have said they expected an increase in confirmed cases as they’ve expanded who could get tested and opened several new screening sites this week.

But another key indicator of the pandemic, coronavirus hospitalizations, also hit its highest point reported by the city, with 58 on Thursday.

Those two benchmarks come even after local officials have said COVID-19’s spread appeared to be slowing locally and talk has turned to reopening some parts of the economy in the coming weeks.

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