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 8.
• There have been 4,662 cases and 169 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Friday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 62,512 cases and 2,585 deaths as of Friday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 1,279,546 cases and 76,706 deaths as of Friday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• San Diego County public health officials reported a record 233 new coronavirus cases and four deaths as testing reached a new high.
• A self-posted video shows a man and his wife shopping at a Santee Food 4 Less while wearing masks with Nazi swastika flags — triggering outrage for the second time in a week over hate symbols in public.
• Retail stores can reopen for curbside service provided they meet San Diego County’s guidelines, but shopping malls, dine-in restaurants, museums and offices will remain closed until the next phase of California’s emergence from the restrictions stemming from the pandemic.
• Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring every registered voter to be sent a mail ballot in case the pandemic continues into November.
• The Port of San Diego announced the “Big Bay Boom,” San Diego’s longtime Fourth of July tradition, has been canceled because of event restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
• The pandemic has overshadowed politics during the lockdown, but it’s also highlighted stark differences between San Diego liberals and conservatives over how to respond to state orders and health officials’ directives.
• A Chula Vista church, its senior pastor and a Carmel Valley rabbi sued Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state and local officials for not including churches and other places of worship among the state’s Stage 2 sectors cleared for reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
• A share of San Diego’s federal stimulus funding will aid in expanding childcare for frontline workers during the pandemic.
• The city of Encinitas will reopen several beach access stairways Saturday morning, but a facial covering will be mandatory when using the narrow staircases.
• Independent bookstores in California are learning how to engage customers in new ways, stepping up social media posts and delivering books to customers’ homes.
• The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla will accept entries online for its 29th annual Juried Exhibition.
• Two University of California professors write that the anti-lockdown rallies do not represent broad public opinion, and the public has a right to know who the protesters really are, how many they really are, and what they have to gain from their protests.
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