Officer stands watch in face mask
An officer stands watch at the Regional Law Enforcement Memorial at the County Administration Center on Wednesday. Courtesy of San Diego County

Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6.

There have been 4,319 cases and 158 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Wednesday afternoon.

Across California there have been 58,815 cases and 2,412 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.

Across the United States, there have been 1,231,992 cases and 73,095 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.

San Diego County reported 159 new cases of coronavirus and eight more deaths as some businesses prepared for a limited reopening on Friday.

The San Diego region’s estimated unemployment rate has risen to 26.8% amid the coronavirus pandemic, a high not seen since the Great Depression, according to a report by the San Diego Association of Governments.

Two months after their famously brutal training was suspended, Navy SEALs are again being spawned in Coronado — with instructors using megaphones rather than yelling face-to-face.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to allow some businesses, including small retailers, to reopen on a limited basis on Friday. Here’s what San Diego businesses need to do to safely reopen.

As San Diego’s retailers get ready to open their doors, shopping will continue it be a bit of a different experience. For the time being, only curbside pick-up will be allowed once Gov. Gavin Newsom announces a modification to the current stay-at-home orders that will allow more businesses to safely reopen.

City Councilman Scott Sherman urged county officials to give San Diegans the right to choose when to reopen. “San Diegans have sacrificed much to flatten the curve and many are now struggling. Our region has shown that we can act responsibly,” he said. “I urge the County Board of Supervisors to begin immediate work so our region can move more quickly through phase two and open more businesses.”

An Otay Mesa Detention Center detainee died from COVID-19, marking the first confirmed death of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee from the virus, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

UC San Diego will begin giving COVID-19 tests to the 5,000 students remaining on campus beginning May 11, with successful implementation possibly leading to monthly tests for the 65,000 students, staff and faculty who regularly work and live on the campus as early as September.

The Newsom administration has teamed with two universities to train more than 3,000 employees per week to become coronavirus detectives tracing the spread of the disease throughout California.

Out of quarantine and back in San Diego, Capt. Brett Crozier has reunited with his wife, Mary, a Navy spokesman said of the former commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

The Carlsbad City Council has approved a $5 million economic revitalization package to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will accept applications for the relief Wednesday through May 25.

A Los Angeles hospital was recently able to rule out on-site COVID-19 transmission between virus patients and infected health care workers through the use of Carlsbad-based Thermo Fisher Scientific’s next-generation sequencing technology.

The San Diego County Water Authority is distributing 25,000 cloth face masks to water and wastewater agency employees in six Southern California counties as part of the national effort to ensure essential workers have enough protective gear during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In support of its San Diego community and frontline workers near and far during the COVID-19 crisis, the San Diego Distillers Guild announced a multi-member initiative that has seen more than a dozen San Diego craft distilleries switching operations to produce large quantities of hand sanitizer in lieu of artisanal spirits.

San Diego-based Luna Grill recently launched its new giving program, “Feeding the Frontline,” dedicated to feeding 20,000 local hospital workers over the coming weeks.

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Chris Jennewein

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