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UPDATED: Long Beach Announces Temporary Modifications to City Operations 3/18/2020 UPDATED: March 18, 2020. In order to reduce the risk of community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Long Beach is announcing temporary precautionary changes to City operations that will protect city employees and the public who use City services.
Long Beach Announces First Case of Community Spread of COVID-19 3/14/2020 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is reporting a new case of COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, in an adult woman who did not have known exposure to an individual with the virus or travel to an area of community transmission. 
Long Beach Cancels All Large Scale Events Through April 2020 3/12/2020 Long Beach, CA - In a proactive effort to minimize COVID-19 exposure, the City of Long Beach will expand on the guidance issued by Governor Gavin Newsom with regard to the management and subsequent cancellation and/or postponement of events with an estimated attendance of 250 or more people.  
CITY PROVIDES INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR COVID-19 3/11/2020 In an effort to provide community members with the most current information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), the City of Long Beach has been updating the COVID-19 webpage with facts and safety precautions to help prevent the transmission of the virus.
Long Beach Announces First Cases of COVID-19 3/10/2020 Preliminary test results indicate that two men and one woman have tested positive for COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus disease 2019.
Hepatitis A Outbreak In Local Restaurant 2/7/2020 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A associated with 555 East American Steakhouse in downtown Long Beach. Several cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in individuals who ate at the restaurant on or around December 24, 2019. Those who ate there during that time may have been exposed. The source of the illness is still under investigation, and the restaurant’s management and staff are fully cooperating with Health Department officials to prevent further illness. The restaurant does not pose an ongoing risk to the public at this time.
City of Long Beach Health Department Monitoring Coronavirus Outbreak in China 1/22/2020 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is closely monitoring an outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) primarily associated with travel to Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Since December 2019, China has reported hundreds of cases of 2019-nCoV, including more than a dozen deaths.
City Urges Residents to Get Vaccinated against Flu after First Death of the Season is Reported 1/8/2020 The City Health Officer confirmed the first flu-associated death in Long Beach this season, that of a Long Beach adult who was younger than 50 years old and had underlying health conditions.“This death is a serious reminder that flu can cause serious illness,” said Anissa Davis, MD, MPH, Long Beach City Health Officer. “The Long Beach Health Department continues to recommend that all individuals six months of age and older get their flu vaccine. It is not too late in the season to protect yourself from flu.”
City of Long Beach Seeks Volunteers to Participate in 2020 Point in Time Count 12/17/2019 The City of Long Beach is seeking 200 volunteers to help conduct the 2020 Point in Time (PIT) Count, its street count of persons experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The PIT Count is vital for determining the scope of homelessness, defining existing resources available and identifying gaps.
Long Beach Awarded Grant for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program 11/14/2019 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has been awarded a $275,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The one-year grant will continue and expand the Health Department’s Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division’s Walk and Roll Long Beach Program to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
First Case of Measles Reported in Long Beach 5/4/2019 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has confirmed the first case of measles in a Long Beach resident since 2015. The individual is an adult and is recovering at home. This case comes as an increase of measles cases has been seen throughout California, including several cases reported in Los Angeles County (excluding Long Beach) and one case reported in an Orange County resident.
City Urges Residents to Strongly Consider Getting Flu Shot 2/11/2019 The City of Long Beach health officer has confirmed the first two influenza-associated deaths in Long Beach for the 2018-2019 flu season. Both individuals who died had underlying health conditions. Considering this tragic news, the City’s Health and Human Services Department (Health Department) continues to urge the public to get vaccinated against the flu.
Zero Cases of West Nile Virus in Long Beach 1/3/2019 Health officials announced today that for the first time in nearly a decade, there had been no cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) reported in Long Beach in 2018.
Stay Cool, Hydrated and Informed for a Safe and Healthy Summer 6/28/2017 Summer is here and high temperatures are predicted in the forecast. City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, advises residents to take precautions against the heat and prepare for a safe an...
Health Department Detects Mosquitoes with Potential to Transmit Zika in Long Beach 6/19/2017 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Vector Control Program has detected Aedes aegypti, the type of mosquito that can transmit Zika, dengue, and other viruses, fo...
Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Achieves National Accreditation 3/22/2016 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
Community Invited to the 11th Annual Kids in the Kitchen Event at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Saturday, March 12 3/8/2016 The free event is sponsored by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) Healthy Active Long Beach Program and the Junior League Long Beach (JLLB).
Covered California Information and Enrollment at the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Celebration 1/12/2016 The community wide event is being held immediately after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade, as part of the White House Healthy Communities Challenge.
48 Percent of Apartments in Long Beach are Smoke Free, Up From 16 Percent in 2008 12/3/2015 Apartment owners in Long Beach are increasingly providing smoke-free environments for their tenants, according to a new survey conducted by the Long Beach Health Department.