Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 6:10 p.m. on Monday, April 6.
• There have been 1,404 cases of coronavirus disease and 19 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Monday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 14,336 confirmed cases and 343 deaths as of Monday afternoon.
• An additional 78 cases of coronavirus disease were reported by San Diego County health officials on Monday, but there were new new deaths from the pandemic.
• The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced a 25% cutback in service beginning April 13, but pledged to keep some level of service on all routes.
• Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has apologized for calling the fired captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt “stupid” in an address to the San Diego-based ship’s crew.
• Dozens of San Diego-area residents and some local businesses received citations over the weekend for violating government social- distancing requirements designed to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
• San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer called on all local medical residents, nursing students or former medical workers to register with the state to help treat an expected surge in COVID-19 patients.
• Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California will help New York and other states meet the COVID-19 crisis by loaning 500 state-owned ventilators to the Strategic National Stockpile.
• A North County lawyer is suing California on behalf of a Lodi church seeking to hold in-person services despite shutdown and social distancing orders.
• Congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar, citing a report that the surgeon general says this week will be the “hardest and the saddest” of the pandemic, offered via Twitter: “If you need someone to talk to, call me or text me on my personal cell phone 619-721-5148.”
• The San Diego Superior Court held its first video-conference criminal court matter under new procedures aimed at reducing a case backlog build-up due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• University of California Health announced it will send out daily online updates regarding the number of positive COVID-19 tests and age distribution of confirmed cases from its five medical centers across the state.
• Essential businesses in San Diego County that remain open, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and restaurants, must now require their employees to wear face coverings. Citizens can report offenders online.
• All city and state beaches are now closed, as our most parks, with county health officials urging citizens to walk, jog or bicycle near their homes while maintaining social distancing and avoiding active sports.
• The state of California, San Diego County and the CDC now recommend that the general public wear face coverings.
• NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited Scripps Health to donate 900 pairs of safety goggles to protect health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• A couple in Chula Vista are among the many Airbnb hosts around the world who have opted to donate their space to healthcare workers in need.
• Sharp HealthCare is preparing preparing for a surge in bed capacity and seeking to hire experienced nurses, nursing students and other healthcare workers, as well as retired nurses and nursing students.
• Rite Aid is also hiring to meet increased demand in California, with positions for cashiers, pharmacy technicians and distribution center associates.
• Marijuana dispensary Torrey Holistics donated over 7,000 N95 face masks and over 10,000 hand sanitizers to various health centers, local organizations, customers and staff.
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