Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.
• There have been 4,429 cases and 165 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Thursday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 60,614 cases and 2,504 deaths as of Thursday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 1,254,750 cases and 75,543 deaths as of Thursday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• San Diego County public health officials reported 110 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths as some retail businesses prepared to reopen for curbside pickup.
• Social media was on fire amid reports — finally confirmed late Thursday afternoon — that San Diego-based Garden Fresh Restaurants Corp. was permanently closing its Souplantation restaurants.
• The handling of a coronavirus outbreak aboard the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt was just another example of a “failure in leadership” in the Navy in recent years, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the service told Congress.
• California will face a budget deficit of $54.3 billion due to a huge drop in revenue combined with increased expenses linked to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a projection by financial advisers to Gov. Gavin Newsom.
• In a joint statement, San Diego and Los Angeles schools superintendents Cindy Marten and Austin Beutner said a possible 20% drop in public education funding would amount to $2,700 less per student and “cause irreparable harm to children.”
• San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announced that he won’t enforce property evictions — an apparent reaction to county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and other local pressure.
• San Diego County Clerk and Assessor Ernest Dronenburg extended the deadline for small businesses to report taxable business personal property without incurring a penalty to June 1.
• The Federal Trade Commission announced it has sent letters to nearly four dozen marketers nationwide, including four based in San Diego, warning them to stop making unsubstantiated claims that their products and therapies can treat or prevent COVID-19.
• The California Department of Motor Vehicles will reopen 25 of its field offices Friday, including San Diego and San Marcos locations, to assist customers with appointments and “transactions that require an in-person visit to a field office.”
• San Diego County’s second largest city will reopen its parks and trails for walking, jogging and other passive recreation on Friday.
• San Diego-based Genalyte announced its SARS-CoV-2 Multi-Antigen Serology Panel, which tests for antibodies the body produces in response to the novel coronavirus, is available to the public in partnership with San Diego Blood Bank.
• Public transit in California faces an existential crisis over the coming months, with catastrophic revenue losses threatening the viability and availability of services.
• Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance announced a $10,000 donation to Father Joe’s Villages. It’s part of a program to help independent insurance agents give back to their local communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
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