Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.
• There have been 2,491 cases and 96 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Wednesday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 35,396 cases and 1,354 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 841,556 cases and 46,688 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• San Diego County officials said a task force will set goals for COVID-19 testing before reopening the economy as the latest public health report showed 57 new cases and 9 more deaths.
• In the first significant rollback of restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that hospitals across California can resume scheduled surgeries that were suspended to ensure the availability of beds and physicians to treat virus patients.
• Two days after the Rev. Shane Harris called on San Diego police to cite organizers of Saturday’s “freedom rally” downtown against COVID-19 orders, a San Diego woman has been notified she’s facing a $1,000 fine or jail time.
• Plans were announced for a phased reopening of San Diego County beaches and bays once the region has met certain county public-health goals regarding COVID-19.
• National City became the first jurisdiction in San Diego County to require wearing a face covering in public.
• The city of Vista announced that its parks will reopen for “passive use” beginning Friday, following just over three weeks of COVID-19-related closures.
• A recent San Diego Blood Bank call for recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma generated 17 units that were given to local patients fighting the illness.
• Six of the 10 motel properties that San Diego is looking to buy to house the homeless have a history of code enforcement complaints about bedbugs, cockroaches and mold.
• Chula Vista will begin providing 2,000 WiFi Hotspot devices to families who need Internet connectivity for their children to attend virtual classrooms.
• Vista resident Don Bartletti, the 2003 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, can no longer roam the hemisphere searching for iconic images. He talks with Times of San Diego about what he’s doing amid the coronavirus lockdown.
• A San Diego-based a cappella choir announced that it has released a cover of the song “Flashlight” with the aim of spreading a message of hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Columnist Marsha Sutton writes that transparency in local government is crucial, today more than ever, as temptation and opportunity amid the stay-at-home orders can combine to thwart the public’s right to know.
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