Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 8:55 p.m. on Thursday.
• There have been 341 cases of coronavirus disease among San Diego County residents as of late Thursday afternoon. So far, there have been three deaths.
• Across California there have been 3,006 cases and 65 deaths as of 2:20 p.m. Thursday.
• San Diego County health officials said a third death has occured in the county as the number of coronavirus cases continue to increase.
• The San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt will dock in Guam after nearly two dozen sailors tested positive for coronavirus.
• San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the city faces significant budget cuts because hotel and sales tax revenues are falling sharply amid the coronavirus pandemic.
• Looking for a copy of the San Diego’s new ordinance granting a moratorium on evictions? Here’s a link.
• Gun stores can remain open for business in San Diego County during the coronavirus crisis — subject to restrictions — despite California’s far-reaching limits on retail operations amid the pandemic.
• Coronavirus is now affecting all ages in San Diego County and appearing in almost every part of the county as cases and testing increase.
• Reported crime in the San Diego area has decreased notably since the coronavirus pandemic prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to direct Californians to shelter in their homes.
• State prison officials released an online patient testing tracker mapping COVID-19 cases among California’s incarcerated population.
• The Hotel Del Coronado will temporarily suspend operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the hospitality industry.
• San Diego-area renters who work in food and retail industries could find themselves spending more than 55% of their annual income on housing if they are unable to work for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The San Diego Community College District announced it expects to continue with online classes through the summer.
• Just as planting season blooms, San Diegans were hit with the latest bad media news: San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine is closing after 41 years.
• Rancho Santa Fe resident John Cox, who challenged then Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the 2018 governor’s race, has tested positive for COVID-19.
• The San Diego City Attorney’s Office urged families with guns in the home to practice proper firearm safety while self-quarantining to keep the weapons out of the hands of children.
• Beginning Friday, Sharp Rees-Stealy will be operating outdoor respiratory clinics outside its five urgent care facilities in Chula Vista, downtown San Diego, La Mesa, Rancho Bernardo and Sorrento Mesa to protect patients amid the epidemic.
• San Diego Zoo Global announced the launch of an education program to keep parents, teachers and zoo fans connected with their favorite animals through free online content, entertainment and educational tools.
• Restaurants at the once-bustling Liberty Station are still open, offering a variety of take-out options while adapting to the temporary mandates ordered as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
• The La Jolla Institute for Immunology was awarded $1.73 million grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for work related to antibody therapies that can treat coronavirus disease.
• Barons Market, a chain of eight neighborhood groceries, is fighting coronavirus infection by installing plexiglass barriers to separate cashier from customers.
• Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback with San Diego connections, pledged $5 million for pandemic relief in Louisiana.
• Misadventure & Co., a vodka distillery in Vista, has switched all production to making hand sanitizer in accordance with FDA and WHO guidelines.
• Feeding San Diego announced it is expanding its food distribution efforts in east San Diego County due to the COVID-19 crisis.
• The Law Office of Daniel R. Weiner in University City is offering free Advance Health Care Directives to the San Diego community amid the pandemic.
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