Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 9:45 p.m. on Friday, May 1.
• There have been 3,711 cases and 134 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Friday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 50,442 cases and 2,073 deaths as of Friday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 1,102,703 cases and 64,600 deaths as of Friday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• Executives with Scripps Health and Sharp HealthCare, two major San Diego hospital chains, have written to the federal government seeking “urgent action” to combat COVID-19 along the U.S.-Mexico border.
• San Diego County public health officials outlined plans to hire hundreds of nurses and other staff to track the pandemic as 147 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths were reported.
• The Del Mar City Council voted 5-0 to open the city’s beaches at dawn on Monday for individual active exercise only and with numerous restrictions to ensure social distancing.
• Huntington Beach Police said 2,500 to 3,000 people gathered at the Huntington Beach Pier to protest the statewide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
• California is days away from announcing a meaningful loosening of its coronavirus-related restrictions, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, as protesters sneaked on to closed beaches and crowded the lawn outside the state Capitol in Sacramento.
• The Metropolitan Transit System announced the addition of a new tool in the fight against coronavirus — disinfecting fog used on buses and trolleys.
• Being a “clean ship” without coronavirus has kept the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman at sea to maintain the Navy’s readiness while the USS Theodore Roosevelt remains docked in Guam.
• Timely and comprehensive coverage of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on San Diego County brought a record 1,532,732 readers to Times of San Diego in April.
• County school board member Mark Powell writes that our traditional model of education has changed forever due to the pandemic, because the public knows that learning is no longer restricted to the classroom.
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