Billboard thanks healthcare "heroes"
A billboard placed by Sharp HealthCare thanks San Diego’s “health care heroes.” Courtesy Sharp

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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Chris Jennewein

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