Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.
• There have been 2,087 cases and 63 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Thursday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 26,182 cases and 890 deaths as of Thursday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 658,263 cases and 32,186 deaths as of Thursday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• San Diego County public health officials urged residents to “hold the line” as they reported 75 new cases of coronavirus and three more deaths.
• The Navy publicly identified the sailor from the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt who died this week of COVID-19 complications.
• The San Diego Workforce Partnership released data showing layoffs in the last month and a half in the San Diego region have far exceeded the average yearly number.
• The San Diego Sheriff’s Department will continue releasing inmates without bail in compliance with a state order to reduce prison populations in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
• The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System reported that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a postponement of plans for a November ballot measure to fund an expansion of city transit projects.
• Family Health Centers of San Diego began offering free and voluntary COVID-19 tests for homeless shelter residents at the San Diego Convention Center.
• A physician who runs a Carmel Valley beauty treatments center was charged Thursday with mail fraud in connection with the sale of what he allegedly described as a coronavirus cure.
• California is partnering with philanthropic groups to provide disaster relief to undocumented immigrants affected by the coronavirus who have been left out of other pandemic assistance programs.
• Mayor Kevin Faulconer was joined by leaders of San Diego’s arts community to announce a $1.25 million public-private effort to aid artists and cultural nonprofits during the pandemic.
• San Diego Pride announced that its three-day summer celebration will be canceled due to public health considerations regarding large public gatherings amid the pandemic.
• The Chula Vista Police Department’s homeless outreach team is using the department’s speaker-equipped drone to reach more homeless people in the city’s urban canyons to share public health messages in English and Spanish.
• Wounded Warrior Homes has expanded its food pantry during this pandemic to serve the veteran community in San Diego, as well as their service dogs.
• The San Diego Padres asked the community to join them through April 24 in an online drive to help the San Diego Food Bank respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
• Poway writer Denise Cesolini writes that pandemic forces many of us to be idle, but that creates time to think, grieve, reflect and discover what ultimately brings us comfort.
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