Sheriff's deputies were bandanas as face masks
San Diego Sheriff’s Department deputies wear bandanas as face masks at headquarters in Kearny Mesa. Courtesy of the department

Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.

There have been 1,628 cases and 40 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Thursday afternoon.

Across California there have been 18,309 cases and 492 deaths as of Thursday afternoon.

Across the United States, there have been 461,437 cases and 16,478 deaths as of Thursday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.

San Diego County health officials reported 98 new coronavirus cases and four more deaths, and ordered more essential workers to wear face masks.

Scripps Health launched the fastest available point-of-care test for detecting the coronavirus at its five hospital campuses in San Diego County. The system from Abbott can deliver a positive result in as little as five minutes and a negative result in 13 minutes.

More than 50 Asian Pacific Islander organizations in San Diego County released a joint statement denouncing xenophobia, racism and acts of violence toward Asian and Pacific Islander communities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the unprecedented downsizing of the last few weeks, a majority of layoffs are yet to come, according to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

A crew member aboard the San Diego-based hospital ship USNS Mercy is to be transferred to an isolation facility on shore after testing positive for COVID- 19 on Wednesday.

New listings on the housing market in San Diego have dropped 27% from last year and about 10% over the last month, a trend seen nationwide since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis released by the real estate database Zillow.

Assemblymember Todd Gloria will host a telephone town hall on the upcoming online instruction program with San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten at 11 a.m. on Friday. Call (866) 434-5269 and enter 2276854 to participate.

The San Diego Central Library is being repurposed to manufacture personal protective equipment with 3D printers, an effort that city leaders hope will help address widespread shortages of protective equipment for local medical workers.

The San Diego Rotary Club pledged an additional $30,000 to support Neighborhood House Association’s efforts to provide meals to seniors, homeless, low income and mentally ill individuals during the Coronavirus lockdown period.

The Rancho Santa Fe-based Helen Woodward Animal Center is offering a two-week supply of dog and/or cat food for individuals who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak via its AniMeals program.

Oceanside’s Left Coast Extracts announced that the company has donated 3,000 N95 masks to the city’s first responders, including paramedics, firefighters, hospital staff and police officers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dirty Birds Liberty Station has been feeding the medical community and first responders by donating 20 wings for every 20 sold. This week the sports bar and restaurant delivered food to SDPD Western Division and Scripps Cardiac Cath Lab Team in Chula Vista.

FOX 5 San Diego — an official media partner of San Diego Legion — is rebroadcasting 2020 Major League Rugby season matches, including at 10 a.m. Friday with the Legion’s Feb. 23 victory over the New England Free Jacks.

A San Diegan recounts her experience in helping both a small business and a busy hospital staff but buying and delivering pizzas from Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano in La Mesa to nurses at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

The lockdown is especially difficult for people recovering from substance abuse. It’s essential they continue to connect even in the absence of regular in-person community meetings.

Haney Hong, who heads the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, writes that the battle against coronavirus will be won at the local level and we should all chill about what’s going on in Washington.

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Chris Jennewein

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