Today, El Segundo had two new confirmed cases and Torrance added five. Since the start of the week, Torrance has added ten new cases, Redondo Beach has increased by three and Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach have each added one new confirmed case. Among the South Bay beach cities, Hermosa Beach still has the fewest confirmed cases (29) and the lowest case rate at 147.4 per 100,000 people. Torrance continues to have the most confirmed cases (363) and the highest case rate at 243.2 per 100,000 people. El Segundo’s 34 total cases have now raised its case rate past the 200 threshold to 202.6 per 100,000 people. Redondo Beach (138 confirmed cases) and Manhattan Beach (77 confirmed cases) have case rates of 200.9 and 213.9 per 100,000 people, respectively.

For the week ending Sunday, El Segundo had no new confirmed cases, Hermosa Beach had two, Manhattan Beach had three, Redondo Beach had twelve, and Torrance had fifteen. For the week ending Sunday, Redondo Beach and Torrance each had one death.

The current overall situation in the beach cities of South Bay Los Angeles range from stabilized (Hermosa Beach, El Segundo and Manhattan Beach) to slightly less so (Redondo Beach) to hopefully starting to stabilize (Torrance). In contrast, the confirmed cases in Los Angeles County continue to increase at a much higher rate than these cities. Testing has signicantly increased this past week. All of the South Bay beach cities have now surpassed having three percent of their population tested.

To this date, most of the beach cities considered here have done well at keeping the spread down. Looking at individual, isolated portions of the overall story told by the charts below, it’s possible to see an idyllic local picture and wonder what’s the big deal? Looking just several miles distant or at the larger context, the situation isn’t nearly so idyllic though and bears further vigilant monitoring because things can get bad very quickly…