COVID-19 sign on freeway
A COVID-19 sign on a California freeway. Courtesy Caltrans

Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

There have been 417 cases of coronavirus disease and five deaths among San Diego County residents as of late Friday afternoon. A sixth involving a San Diego resident who died in Riverside County is expected to be confirmed on Saturday.

Across California there have been 3,801 cases and 78 deaths as of 3:55 p.m. Friday.

San Diego County health officials said two more local residents have died from coronavirus disease as the number of cases grew by 76 to 417.

Scripps Health CEO Chris Van Gorder warned that San Diego could face the same medical challenges as New York City if residents do not take social distancing orders seriously.

All 170 California Department of Motor Vehicles field offices will temporarily close and staff is being placed on paid leave starting Friday due to health concerns amid the coronavirus outbreak.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System officials said they plan to continue running normal weekday and weekend service, despite coronavirus closures, through April 12.

Nine employees of a women’s detention facility in Santee are self-quarantining after a nurse at the facility tested positive for the coronavirus.

San Diego small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for the city’s Small Business Relief Fund starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.

With many residents confined by stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office provided online resources for domestic violence victims, who may be at increased risk while self-quarantined.

Jamul Casino will extend its coronavirus-related closure for another two weeks, after initially planning to reopen at the end of the month.

The Barona Band of Mission Indians is extending the closure of its casino and resort through April 19.

Citing the ongoing pandemic, Legoland California extended its temporary closure until at least April 15.

The hospital ship USNS Mercy arrived at the Port of Los Angeles where its medical team will treat patients transferred from civilian hospitals.

The placement of a convicted sex offender into a supervised home in east San Diego County has been postponed for the next 30 days because of the pandemic.

Oceanside City Councilman Christopher Rodriguez announced he will give up the salary he earns in his council post to help local residents and businesses as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.

Jimbo’s organic groceries now have a greeter at each location to monitor the number of customers and the company is installing sneeze guards at its five stores.

San Diego Mesa College launched an emergency fund for students whose lives and educational goals have been disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Feeding San Diego will offer free, hot lunches for children on weekdays at sites in the city, and in North and South County.

The Helix Water District reminds San Diegans that their tap is the safest source of water during the coronavirus epidemic.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.