Long Beach could see delays in some services as city workers fall ill with COVID-19 • Long Beach Post News

In recent weeks, residents of Long Beach could see delays in garbage collection, street sweeping, homeless response, code enforcement and other high-demand city services as an increasing number of employees are falling ill during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition to service delays, the city has also postponed the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration, which was originally scheduled for January 15, as well as the 2022 homeless tally, scheduled for January 15. January. 25.

From Newport Beach to Los Angeles, cities in the region are postponing events and in-person meetings as the number of new COVID-19 cases peaks since the pandemic began two years ago.

Long Beach also elected to move its in-person city council and commission meetings to virtual meetings starting Jan. 18 and temporarily suspended in-person programming for libraries. Walk-in services and access to libraries will be Keep going.

The next community budget meetings for FY2023, initially scheduled for several in-person dates in January, will be postponed and rescheduled for virtual sessions.

Long Beach Animal Care Services are open by appointment only Wednesday through Sunday. To make an appointment to adopt or welcome a pet, people can email [email protected] or call 562-570-4925.

Officials said Long Beach has seen high cases of COVID-19 since workers in services such as firefighters, police, disaster preparedness and emergency communications, public works, library services and the ministry of health.

Police and firefighter response times are “actively managed on a day-to-day basis” and the city has yet to experience any delays, despite significant staffing issues and high levels of isolated and quarantined staff, have officials said.

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