After last week set record highs across the board among the local beach cities from El Segundo to Torrance, we have another round of new records again. Together, these beach cities compiled twenty-six new confirmed cases today for a new weekly record of 240 cases, 12.6% more than last week’s record total of 213 new cases.

Torrance again set the pace for these beach cities, adding eleven new confirmed cases today to finish the week with one hundred and one, an increase of seven percent over last week’s record high of ninety-four. Redondo Beach had four new confirmed cases today, earning a new weekly record high of fifty-four cases, an increase of 12.5% over last week’s record of forty-eight cases.

Manhattan Beach shattered last week’s record high of thirty-seven new confirmed cases with seven new confirmed cases today for a new total forty-six, an increase of 24%. Hermosa Beach had three more new confirmed cases to raise their total for the week to twenty-nine, blowing past last week’s record high of nineteen new cases by over 52%. El Segundo added just a single new confirmed case today for a weekly total of ten cases, well short of 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-six cumulative cases. Hermosa Beach is a distant second with one hundred and twenty cases. With its much larger population, Redondo Beach retains the title of the lowest case rate at 435.2 per 100,000 people even though their 299 cases is almost four times that of El Segundo which has the next lowest case rate at 452.8 per 100,000 people.

Torrance continues to have the most confirmed cases with 750, 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 610.1 per 100,000 people and 575.0 per 100,000 people, respectively. Even with hundreds more cases, Torrance’s cumulative count of cases drops them to third place with a rate of 502.1 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…