Building inspector wears mask and gloves
A San Diego building inspector is on the job but wearing a mask and gloves amid the pandemic. Courtesy City of San Diego

Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

There have been 2,826 cases and 102 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Friday afternoon.

Across California there have been 39,254 cases and 1,562 deaths as of Friday afternoon.

Across the United States, there have been 890,524 cases and 51,017 deaths as of Friday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.

San Diego County public health officials reported 183 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths, but noted that the percentage of positive cases is falling as testing ramps up.

San Diego County officials announced that coastal cities may reopen beach access for swimming, surfing, paddleboarding and kayaking on Monday.

Scripps Health recently became the first health care provider in San Diego County to use an experimental plasma therapy as a possible treatment for COVID-19 patients.

The New York Times reported that Navy leaders have recommended reinstating the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who was fired after warning of a coronavirus outbreak on the San Diego-based aircraft carrier.

City Council candidate Kelvin Barrios, who was hospitalized with COVID-19, called on Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the council to require all San Diegans to wear face coverings in public.

The pilot-owner of Money Aerial Media led more than a dozen airplanes over five San Diego area hospitals, with a trailing 75-foot sign that said “THANK YOU SD HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS!”

Columnist George Mullen writes that the United States is unwittingly swallowing economic hemlock in what amounts to a blind gamble to stop the spread of coronavirus.

If your organization has relevant news to add to this daily list, please send to

Chris Jennewein

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