City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 011521-2
Long Beach Reports First Death of City Employee Due to COVID-19
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center

Long Beach, CA - Today, the City of Long Beach announced the first death of a City Employee due to complications associated with COVID-19. The employee, who was part of the Recreation Bureau in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, worked for the City for more than five years. 

“It breaks my heart to lose a member of our City family, and we are keeping their loved ones in our hearts today,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

The employee, who was a resident of Long Beach, was last at work on Dec. 28. 

“We are all feeling the loss of this employee, who dedicated themselves to making the City of Long Beach a better place,” said City Manager Tom Modica. “I am grateful for their dedication and service to Long Beach, and my heart goes out to their family and friends.”

Due to privacy concerns the City will not release the name or more details about this individual. The City is making counselors available for their employees in light of this loss.

As of today, 520 Long Beach residents have died from COVID-19.