After last week set new record highs across the board, the local beach cities from El Segundo to Torrance have already broken most of them in just six days. Together, these beach cities have already surpassed last week’s record high total of 213 new confirmed cases by one case.

Torrance continues to set the pace for these beach cities again, adding thirteen new confirmed cases today. The city is just four cases short of last week’s record high of ninety-four new cases with one more day to finish the week. As usual, Redondo Beach was next with eight new confirmed cases today, raising their total to fifty to break last week’s record high of forty-eight cases.

Hermosa Beach had four new confirmed cases to take them to raise their total for the week so far to twenty-six, blowing past last week’s record high of nineteen new cases. Manhattan Beach contributed three new confirmed cases to take their total to thirty-nine, eclipsing last week’s record high of thirty-seven new cases. Lastly, El Segundo also had three new confirmed cases, raising their total for the week to just nine. They may be the only one of these beach cities that may not make it to match last week’s record high of fifteen new cases.

El Segundo still has the fewest confirmed cases among these South Bay beach cities with just seventy-five cumulative cases. Hermosa Beach is a distant second with one hundred and seventeen cases. With its much larger population, Redondo Beach retains the title of the lowest case rate at 429.4 per 100,000 people even though their 295 cases is almost four times that of El Segundo which has the next lowest case rate at 446.8 per 100,000 people.

Torrance continues to have the most confirmed cases with 739, more than two and a half times Redondo Beach, the city with the next highest count. With all their new confirmed cases these past two weeks and much smaller populations, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach now have the highest infection rates at 594.8 per 100,000 people and 555.6 per 100,000 people, respectively. Even with hundreds more cases, Torrance’s 739 cumulative cases drops them to third place with a rate of 495.1 per 100,000 people.

The county’s public health department now reports that the number of confirmed cases among the staff at the Costco location on Lomita Boulevard in Torrance has soared to twenty-four. There were only nine cases on Monday and the first five of these was just three weeks ago. There are now seven confirmed cases reported at the Costco location on Hindry Avenue in Hawthorne but none(!) at any of the other Costco locations in Los Angeles County. Also, newly reported this week locally are three confirmed cases among the staff at the Whole Foods Market at El Segundo Plaza. The only other Whole Foods Market with confirmed cases reported is in Westwood. The county previously reported four confirmed cases among the staff at the McDonald’s location on Sepulveda Boulevard in Torrance. This is the only McDonald’s location currently reported with confirmed cases in all of Los Angeles County. There were cases previously reported last month at McDonald’s locations in Inglewood and South Gate.

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…