MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Three new deaths due to the coronavirus have been recorded for the City of Manhattan Beach, bringing the city’s total number to 17, with 13 of those deaths occurring in 2021. Data for the coronavirus in Los Angeles County started to be recorded in March of 2020.
The city had been pulling good numbers for the virus, sometimes even having no new cases in a one-day time span. The latest number of new cases is 5, for a total of 1,197 for Manhattan Beach residents.
Manhattan Beach’s total number of new cases for the week of February 15-21 was 26, the lowest number since the entire LA County saw huge spikes during November, December and January. Manhattan Beach last had a number nearly that low, at 28, the week of November 16-22.
Today [Wednesday, Feb. 24], the LA County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 136 new deaths and 2,157 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 1,185,457 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 20,987 deaths, according to a news release.
Public Health also reported that through extensive checks of death records, they identified an additional 806 COVID-19 -associated deaths that were not initially recorded as COVD-19 deaths. The majority of these deaths occurred during the surge between December 3, 2020 and February 3, 2021, a period when many deaths occurred and not all were reported to Public Health due to the volume of records. Public Health identifies COVID-associated deaths primarily by submission of Death Report Forms from healthcare providers. Additionally, vital records are used to identify deaths related to COVID-19 by reviewing the cause of death listed on death certificates. This review of vital records, delayed by the high volume of Death Report Forms during the surge, identified the additional deaths. Public Health has already reported 9,712 deaths that occurred between December 2020 and January 2021 and were reported through Death Report Forms. Therefore, 92% of deaths that occurred during that period were previously reported.