Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 9:50 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.
• There have been 2,213 cases and 71 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Saturday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 28,963 cases and 1,072 deaths as of Saturday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 732,197 cases and 38,664 deaths as of Saturday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• The number of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County grew by 55 to 2,213 and one more person died.
• About 250 people gathered in downtown San Diego to protest the stay-at-home order to stop the spread of coronavirus. Many brought signs and flags supporting President Trump. Most demonstrators wore no face coverings.
• Gov. Gavin Newsom accused some California local governments of acting immorally in opposing the use of hotels and motels to house homeless individuals during the COVID-19 crisis.
• California Department of Health officials released the names of 261 nursing homes across the state with COVID-19 outbreaks, including 11 located in San Diego County.
• The Navy is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct a full investigation of the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
• Throughout California, families sheltering in place are cut off from school, work and friends, and domestic violence reports have surged.
• The chief medical officer of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group explains the proper steps to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
• With little driving amid the pandemic, the average price of a gallon of self-serve gasoline in San Diego County has dropped to the lowest level since February 2017.
• San Diego Zoo Global reached out to its members, fans, and donors for help as the nonprofit conservation organization announced a critical needs campaign to secure vital support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• DIESEL, a bookstore in Carmel Valley, is allowing locked-down customers to virtually browse the shelves via high-resolution photos on its website.
• Some European nations have banned recreational cycling to fight the spread of coronavirus. A professor at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont writes that from a public health standpoint, this is a bad idea and should not be emulated by California.
• San Diego writer Molly Bowman-Styles proposes the City Council develop new and innovative ways for residents to participate in public meetings amid the pandemic.
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