After a week of new record setting highs, the local beach cities from El Segundo to Torrance got this week started with gusto, adding fifty(!) new confirmed cases among themselves. It took just one day for these beach cities to get over 23% of the way toward last week’s record high total of 213 new confirmed cases. It was a record setting single day high of over four thousand(!) new cases for Los Angeles County as well. This was explained “in part, due to a backlog of about 2,000 test results received from one lab who just submitted test results from July 2 through July 5.”

Torrance set the pace for these beach cities again, adding twenty(!) new confirmed cases today. This takes them over 21% of the way toward last week’s record high of ninety-four new cases. Redondo Beach was next with thirteen new confirmed cases today, getting a quick start of 27% toward last week’s record high of forty-eight cases.

Manhattan Beach contributed eight new confirmed cases, a robust twenty-one percent of last week’s record high of thirty-seven new cases. Hermosa Beach was good for six new confirmed cases, a healthy start of more than 31% toward last week’s record high of nineteen new cases. Lastly, El Segundo did their bit, adding three new confirmed cases for twenty percent of last week’s new record high of fifteen new cases.

El Segundo still has the fewest confirmed cases among these South Bay beach cities with sixty-nine cumulative cases. Hermosa Beach is a distant second with ninety-seven cases. With its much larger population, Redondo Beach retains the title of the lowest case rate at 375.6 per 100,000 people even though their 258 cases is more than three and a half times that of El Segundo which has the next lowest case rate at 411.1 per 100,000 people.

Torrance continues to have the most confirmed cases with 669, more than two and a half times the city with the next highest count, Redondo Beach with 258 cases. With all their new confirmed cases these past two weeks and much smaller populations, both Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach now have the highest infection rates at 493.1 per 100,000 people and 469.5 per 100,000 people, respectively. Even with hundreds more cases cumulatively, Torrance’s rate of 448.2 per 100,000 people drops them to third place.

Lastly, the county’s public health department now reports that there are four more confirmed cases among the staff at the Costco location on Lomita Boulevard in Torrance. There were five cases among their staff two weeks ago. There are no cases reported at any of the other Costco locations in Los Angeles County. The county also reported four confirmed cases among the staff at the McDonald’s location on Sepulveda Boulevard in Torrance.

More charts and commentary can be read in the Situation Summary for the South Bay beach cities.

L.A. County – Thursday, July 2nd

Today, Los Angeles County had 2,160 more new confirmed cases than the total reported from yesterday. This is up over 9% from the the day before and it is the sixth highest single day increase. The cumulative positivity rate in the county (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) from 100,188 persons tested positive out of 1,133,140…