Drive-through COVID-19 screening
Hospitalman Fred Otero administers a COVID-19 test swab on a patient in a car at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Navy photo

Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 9:25 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.

There have been 1,530 cases of coronavirus disease and 36 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Wednesday afternoon.

Across California there have been 16,957 cases and 442 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.

Across the United States, there were 429,052 cases and 14,695 deaths as of early Wednesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.

San Diego County health officials cautioned residents that the current lockdown will continue at least through April despite encouraging signs locally and across California.

Following Department of Defense requirements, Naval Base San Diego announced it was putting into effect face covering protocols for all personnel to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

San Diego County health officials urged local residents to avoid experimental treatments for COVID-19, stressing that there is no known cure yet for the illness.

California Reps. Susan Davis, Mike Thompson and Adam Schiff persuaded the Federal Reserve Bank to temporarily lift restrictions that had previously made it difficult for Wells Fargo small business customers to access the resources provided in the CARES Act to cope with disruptions due to coronavirus.

The Poway City Council approved a moratorium on commercial evictions to help those affected by the coronavirus.

The National Lacrosse League and its local team, the San Diego Seals, announced the remainder of the regular season will be canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

San Diego Gas & Electric encouraged customers facing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic to apply online for bill discount programs.

San Diego-based Mercato, a e-commerce platform for independently owned grocery stores, is adding as many as 50 stores a day to its network and providing home-delivery and pickup options amid the pandemic.

A Port of San Diego Harbor Police officer has tested positive for coronavirus disease. The port said the officer became ill while on annual leave and has not been in contact with any port employees since March 20.

David Wilber, who served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, writes that Capt. Brett Crozier did the right thing amind the uncertainty of a coronavirus outbreak amid close quarters on the giant warship.

City Council candidate Joe Leventhal announced the launch of, a website with information, resources, and volunteer opportunities to aid San Diegans during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego will offer Holy Week services through the internet and on broadcast television, including an Easter Sunday Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Robert W. McElroy.

A San Diego high-school robotics team created more than 400 face shields for local healthcare workers.

As San Diego’s chief of police from 1993 to 1999, Jerry Sanders used to lock people up. Now he has to navigate a lockdown. He spoke to Times of San Diego in a continuing series on how San Diegans are coping.

Whether you’re a film buff or music hound, here’s a list of things you can do to feed your entertainment fix — and, in some cases, show your support — while under lockdown

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Chris Jennewein

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