Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, April 27.
• There have been 3,141 cases and 113 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Monday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 43,464 cases and 1,755 deaths as of Monday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 987,467 cases and 56,144 deaths as of Monday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• San Diego County public health officials reported 98 new coronavirus cases along with two more deaths and reminded residents that face coverings will be required in public starting May 1.
• Most beaches in San Diego County reopened for walking, running and water sports after receiving the OK from county public health officials, but Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach and California state beaches remain closed.
• The Border Patrol announced Monday it is strengthening its presence along the coastline in the San Diego sector in an effort to curb human and drug smuggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.
• Gov. Gavin Newsom lashed out at crowds who flocked to some Orange County beaches over the hot weekend, most notably Newport Beach.
• Despite national reports to the contrary, a majority of the people who flocked to Huntington Beach over the weekend kept their distance from each other, city and police officials said.
• The county Health and Human Services Agency opened drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in Escondido and Chula Vista.
• Starting May 4, the San Diego Development Services Department will begin accepting building permit applications online for all new projects, expanding the existing digital permitting process that is currently available on a limited basis.
• County Supervisor Jim Desmond and the mayors of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista hold a 9 a.m. Tuesday press conference calling for some businesses to be reopened on May 1 and for recreational activities to be opened immediately.
• Researchers at UC San Diego Health have found that loss of smell related to COVID-19 suggests the resulting illness is more likely to be mild to moderate, a potential early indicator that could help health care providers determine which patients may require hospitalization.
• A San Diego marketing agency recently helped an innovative medical clinic with an advertising campaign to encourage patients who want to see a doctor to first use a smartphone or computer.
• The Chicano Federation of San Diego County said it and Bank of America will distribute cleaning supplies and sanitation kits May 2 to a preschool in Barrio Logan for the children of San Diego’s essential workers.
• Some 925 students in the San Diego Community College District’s Continuing Education program will use $264,000 in grants and awards to fund tuition or pay fees toward college after funding was diverted from SDCE’s annual Stars on the Rise scholarship event to Barrier Grants.
• San Diego County Gun Owners, a PAC promoting Second Amendment rights, released a 2-minute video critical of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher for saying gun shops are not allowed to be open during the coronavirus lockdown.
• Although many eateries remain open with takeout and delivery options, some of San Diego’s top chefs have decided to share recipes with their fans.
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