Long Beach to close beaches over Fourth of July weekend

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"The rising patient volume in our hospitals will likely fill all of the intensive care unit beds that are now available", County Health Public Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who's facing growing criticism for his handling of the crisis, urged residents to continue protecting vulnerable populations as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.

In Laguna Beach, the City Council voted to close the beaches for the weekend on Tuesday night.

From 12:01 a.m., Friday to 5 a.m., Monday, all recreational activities at public beaches, bike paths and piers will be closed to the public.

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"Particularly on the Fourth of July when there were fireworks.it looked like sardines in a can", Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow said this week.

Just over 15,000 people have been hospitalized so far.

Data show increases in people testing positive for the virus and increases in hospitalizations as a result. His officers will only enforce the closing parking lots, the sheriff said.

Further, local officials have taken additional steps to mitigate the surge in reported cases of the virus.

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Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles said his division still has adequate staffing but would be "stretched pretty thin".

The order also states that businesses violating the order could receive stiffer penalties of up to $500, although it does allow restaurants and stores within beach parks to remain open. "We don't want that situation".

The county recorded more than 2900 new infections on Monday, a record since the start of the pandemic in the United States. The figure exceeds the total number of cases Florida experienced between March 1 - when the first case was detected - and April 2, when the number reached 9,008. He also recommended that eight other counties in the most populous USA state close their bars, as he urged Californians to "remain vigilant" against the virus.

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