Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
• There have been 2,158 cases and 70 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Friday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 27,528 cases and 985 deaths as of Friday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 699,105 cases and 36,721 deaths as of Friday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• San Diego County officials said it’s time to begin planning for how to reopen the local economy as 71 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths were reported.
• City and county elected officials announced the creation of an advisory group to develop strategies for an eventual phased re-opening of the San Diego economy.
• Comic-Con International on Friday officially canceled Comic-Con 2020, but vowed that the world-famous pop culture event will return to the San Diego Convention Center in 2021.
• City Councilwoman Barbara Bry on Friday called for San Diego’s beaches and parks to be reopened as soon as the first week of May.
• Physicians and scientists at UC San Diego Health announced they began a pair of tests to find coronavirus antibodies.
• Cox Communications will offer free online service for low-income families with a student in elementary, middle or high school.
• San Diego distillery Cutwater Spirits leased a 48,000-square-foot building in the Miramar neighborhood to expand its production, including that of hand sanitizer.
• Hundreds of San Diego climate activists and groups are expected to take part in a Virtual Climate Uprising set for April 22, the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.
• The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District board meeting at 5:15 p.m. April 21 will be its first live-streamed on YouTube. Virtual monthly board meetings will continue until stay-at-home orders are lifted by the state.
• MiraCosta College secured more than $5.5 million for students suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.
• Times of San Diego’s weekend guide focuses on how to stay entertained — and help struggling arts organizations — during the pandemic.
• Columnist Raoul Lowery Contreras congratulates Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state of California for providing benefits to the undocumented workers we depend on during the pandemic.
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