Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
• There have been 277 cases of coronavirus disease among San Diego County residents as of late Wednesday afternoon. Additionally, there have been 20 cases involving non-residents, primarily military personnel. So far, there have been two deaths.
• Across California there have been 2,535 cases and 53 deaths as of 2:35 p.m. Wednesday.
• San Diego County officials warned that the coronavirus pandemic will get worse before it gets better as the number of local cases grew by 55 to 297.
• Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that four of the nation’s five largest banks have agreed to a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments by Californians who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
• Eight sailors aboard the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt have now tested positive for coronavirus, according to Navy and media reports.
• The San Diego City Council voted unanimously to place a temporary moratorium on evictions of residents and small businesses that cannot make rent payments amid the coronavirus pandemic.
• In a move to save the school year for students of the state’s second-largest school district, the San Diego Unified School District announced it will soon launch a distance learning program.
• Despite widespread coronavirus closures, some beaches in San Diego County remain open to shut-in residents seeking fresh air.
• Even as California continues to add tens of thousands of tests for coronavirus to its arsenal, thousands of results are still pending.
• Prospective jurors in San Diego County are cleared from jury service through May 22 following the California Chief Justice’s recent order suspending all state jury trials for two months to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
• A civilian employee working at the Naval Air Station North Island Child Development Center has tested positive for cornavirus.
• The city of San Diego moved 55 families from a shelter at Golden Hall to rooms in two motels. The Regional Task Force for the Homeless, Father Joe’s Villages and the city plan to move 106 women from two shelters into the expanded Golden Hall shelter. The additional space will allow more San Diegans to get off the street while maintaining social distancing.
• As law enforcement agencies nationwide crack down on coronavirus-related scams and fraud, a handful of recent arrests on terrorism charges have been made against individuals accused of threatening to spread the virus.
• Father Joe’s Villages is beginning to test people with flu-like symptoms at its homeless shelters for coronavirus.
• The pandemic is proving to be particularly disruptive for the commercial fishing industry in San Diego and other California ports.
• Even as California continues to add tests for the novel coronavirus to its arsenal — including 150,000 flown in from Hong Kong — tens of thousands of results are still pending.
• Scripps Health is temporarily closing Scripps Clinic Coronado, Scripps Clinic Santee, and Scripps Clinic Bariatric and General Surgery in Hillcrest and redirecting patients to other Scripps locations. Scripps said the change is necessary to ensure staffing flexibility during the crisis.
• The San Diego Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund, begun last week with $1.3 million, has grown with more than 1,000 donations to $6 million. It provides food assistance and loss-of-wages help.
• The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot of Mossy Nissan in Escondido from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday for donations amid the growing supply crisis. Appointments can be made online.
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