Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.
• There have been 2,012 cases and 60 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Wednesday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 24,424 cases and 821 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 636,350 cases and 28,326 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• San Diego County public health officials announced 82 new cases of coronavirus and 7 more deaths on Wednesday and hinted that social distancing orders could be eased after April.
• The Navy may reinstate the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who was fired after pleading for help with a coronavirus outbreak aboard the San Diego-based nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
• San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed sweeping budget cuts aimed at reducing the impact of a $250 million tax revenue shortfall the city is facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The San Diego Unified School District will begin paying hazard pay to employees still interacting with the public in person during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as protecting the grades of students while schools remain closed.
• Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein called for an investigation into the treatment of detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, which has seen the largest number of COVID-19 cases among the country’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities.
• More than 900 class sections could be eliminated across the three-campus San Diego Community College District and its Continuing Education arm amid COVID-19-driven budget cuts.
• Members of San Diego’s congressional delegation sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy seeking COVID-19 relief assistance for zoos, aquariums and museums nationwide, including the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.
• State Sen. Brian Jones of Santee has been named to the Senate Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response — one of 11 senators appointed to the committee by Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins of San Diego.
• The inewsource team reports that most of the facts presented in San Diego County’s daily public health briefings have been accurate and thoughtful, though some of the officials’ statements have caused confusion.
• San Diego-based utility giant Sempra Energy will hold a virtual annual meeting on May 5 “to help protect the health and safety of employees, shareholders and the communities it serves.”
• The galleries may be closed, but the San Diego Museum of Art plans to celebrate its popular, annual Art Alive event online from April 24 to 26.
• San Diego’s senior community is hurting after the worldwide pandemic separated the elderly population from many of their loved ones.
• The San Diego Humane Society is launching a virtual program to allow families sheltering at home to watch litters of puppies and kittens grow.
• Columnist Dan Walters writes that Gov. Gavin Newsom has shined during the coronavirus crisis, demonstrating a deft touch in persuading Californians to avoid personal contacts and endure a quasi-quarantine.
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