Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s July 18 update on coronavirus outbreak – Long Beach Press Telegram
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia released this message on Saturday, July 18, an update on the city’s status amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The COVID-19 health crisis is impacting our country, our city, and my family. Both my mother and my stepfather tested positive recently and both are now hospitalized and on ventilators. My mom is a healthcare worker. She’s worked in the same clinic for more than 25 years and is incredibly careful and understands the seriousness of this virus. Thankfully, both are in stable condition and we hope for a full recovery. They are both receiving heroic care from amazing doctors and nurses.
My husband Matt and I have not interacted with them directly in many weeks, since we have been limiting family interactions due to the virus. We also both recently tested negative. As a son and as your Mayor, I promise to continue to lead us through this pandemic with resolve and compassion. While I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone, what is happening in my family can happen to any family and should be a stark reminder we must continue to take COVID-19 seriously.
As I’ve said from the very beginning, public health must come first. Having a strong and healthy economy means having a strong and healthy community. Long Beach opened slower than every other city in Southern California, but we are still seeing serious infections and deaths every single day.
It is absolutely critical we prevent the spread of COVID-19. As part of our effort