Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday.
• There have been 67 cases of coronavirus disease among San Diego County residents as of Wednesday afternoon. Additionally, there have been 5 cases involving people quarantined at Miramar and 8 cases involving non-residents, primarily Navy personnel. So far, there have been no deaths.
• Across California there have been 598 cases and 13 deaths as of 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.
• San Diego County’s public health officer issued a new health order prohibiting most gatherings of 10 or more to stop the spread of coronavirus. The order also closes gyms and fitness centers and limits child care services to groups of 10 of fewer children.
• The Navy said an eighth local sailor has tested positive for coronavirus amid the growing local outbreak. The latest patient is assigned to the USS Boxer.
• The Navy later announced restrictions on operations at its bases in the metro area, closing movie theaters and fitness centers, and limiting restaurants to take out.
• Gov. Gavin Newsom said California schools are likely to be closed for the rest of the academic year and not reopen until the fall.
• Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a $4 million program to issue “micro loans” to help small businesses that have had to close during the pandemic.
• Five casinos in San Diego County will close at noon on Friday through the remainder of March because of coronavirus concerns.
• The Navy is readying the giant hospital ships USNS Mercy in San Diego and USNS Comfort in Norfolk to assist with the epidemic. The Comfort will head for New York Harbor, while the Mercy will be deployed somewhere on the West Coast. Each has 1,000 beds.
• The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System said it will continue to operate normal weekday and weekend service through March 31 despite sharply lower ridership, noting that less crowded buses and trolleys create social distance.
• The San Diego County Water Authority has activated its emergency operations center to ensure water supply safety and reliability during the pandemic.
• Low-income workers in service industries across the state who can’t work from home worry they’ll be laid off.
• Congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar argues in an op-ed that we must mobilize the military to get ahead of a looming healthcare crisis from the coronavirus pandemic.
• As you’re stuck at home, you can order books and other materials for curbside pickup from the 33 branch libraries in the San Diego County system.
• San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister has closed all five tax collection branches to the public until further notice effective Thursday. Property taxes are still due by April 10 under state law, but can be paid online.
• The eight Barons Markets in San Diego and southern Riverside counties will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily for exclusive shopping by seniors before the general public is allowed inside.
• If you’re in self-isolation and miss craft beer, you can now order it along with pub food for take out from Coronado Brewing Company’s locations in Bay Park, Coronado and Imperial Beach.
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