Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 8:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.
• There have been 2,434 cases and 87 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Tuesday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 33,261 cases and 1,268 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 823,257 cases and 44,805 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• San Diego County health officials reported 109 new COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths — the largest daily toll to date.
• San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told the City Council to prepare for deeper cuts as the fiscal year 2021 budget comes to terms with massive economic and revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The City of San Diego reopened nearly 600 neighborhood parks, fields and trails for walking and jogging under social distancing guidelines.
• County supervisors unanimously approved a $5 million loan program to help small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
• The supervisors also voted down proposals by one of their colleagues to reopen businesses and outdoor recreational areas that were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
• A prominent economist at UC Riverside released a forecast predicting the stay-at-home orders will enable the U.S. economy to “come roaring back in the third quarter” with only minimal long-term damage.
• The Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center in San Diego has completed a 19-day, live-fire exercise involving four ships to maintain readiness amid the pandemic.
• To help fight the spread of COVID-19 in San Diego-area jails, inmates taking part in a sewing program at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility have made more than 10,000 face masks for fellow detainees in recent weeks.
• When Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced this week that his country would remain in lockdown, at least one San Diegan was affected: Robert DeLaurentis, a pilot who departed last November for a historic journey.
• MiraCosta College students will see an expanded offering of paid, off-campus internship opportunities through a new Federal Work Study experiment that could launch as early as this fall.
• State Assemblymember Todd Gloria will join the San Diego Unified School District on Wednesday to distribute food at a new site set up to serve students living in the beach communities.
• Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts weekly online program on Friday features “Illusion: The Magic of Motion” (10 a.m.), taking viewers to the days of early cinema – exploring how gadgets like shadow puppets and magic lanterns gave rise to motion pictures. “Through My Lens” (1 p.m.) explores a digital photo collage project that children and families create together. And “Winescapes with Artists” (2 p.m.) is with world-famous photographer Jo Whaley.
• Columnist Steve Rodriguez writes that it was bizarre for President Trump to criticize Capt. Brett Crozier for using the written word to express his concerns about a coronavirus outbreak about the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
• Professor Carl Luna suggests that what ultimately doomed the Titanic — lax government inspections in a shipyard — are analogous to the American government’s failure to prepare for the current viral pandemic.
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