Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
• There have been 89 cases of coronavirus disease among San Diego County residents as of Thursday afternoon. Additionally, there have been 8 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 675 cases and 16 deaths as of 12:19 p.m. Thursday.
• Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to isolate themselves at home to stop the spread of coronavirus across the state.
• Projecting that 25.5 million Californians could be infected with the coronavirus within two months, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he sent a letter to President Trump asking that the USNS Mercy be deployed to the Port of Los Angeles.
• San Diego city leaders put a call out Thursday for the public to donate blood and food to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
• The North County Transit District announced temporary service cuts for Coaster commuter trains as a result of virus-caused ridership losses.
• Coronavirus testing in California has been plagued by confusion, delays and shortages. Public interest journalism service CalMatters explains the background.
• The Fashion Valley shopping mall, Carlsbad Premium Outlets and Las Americas Premium Outlets will be closed through March 29 as part of a nationwide closure of all Simon-owned properties in an attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
• San Diego County elected officials and human rights and cultural nonprofits denounced xenophobia and racism, urging immigrant communities to seek medical attention if they are showing symptoms of novel coronavirus.
• Mesa Biotech in San Diego will receive $561,000 from the federal government to develop a 30-minute coronavirus test. In the past week, three companies with local laboratories have received emergency approval from the FDA to supply tests,
• The county Assessor / Recorder/ County Clerk‘s branch offices in San Marcos, Kearny Mesa and Chula Vista are closed until further notice. The new
East County branch in Santee and the downtown San Diego office remain open because these locations can support social distancing guidelines.
• Two days after announcing a curbside pickup option for patrons, all 33 San Diego County library branches are closing in accordance with health directives. Online materials are still available.
• Local offices of the Social Security Administration will close, but benefits will still be paid on schedule. Services continue to be available online.
• Encinitas closed active recreation areas such as ball fields and courts, playgrounds and dog parks where there is a high potential to spread the virus.
• National University is offering three months of free online classes to all California college and high school students who have been affected by COVID-19.
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