Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 8:40 p.m. on Monday, May 18.
• There have been 5,946 cases and 211 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Monday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 80,430 cases and 3,302 deaths as of Monday afternoon.
• Across the United States, there have been 1,506,732 cases and 90,236 deaths as of Monday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• San Diego County reported 110 new coronavirus cases and two deaths as officials welcomed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s easing of reopening guidelines.
• San Diego County will forward proposals to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office for an accelerated reopening of local businesses and a pilot program to test reopening some establishments shuttered until Stage 3 of California’s reopening plan, including restaurants, barbershops and hair salons.
• California could allow pro sporting events to take place without fans present as soon as June 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced.
• Sailors aboard the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt are preparing the aircraft carrier for a return to sea after being docked in Guam for over a month because of an outbreak of coronavirus.
• SEIU union members pressed the Board of Supervisors to provide hazard pay and adequate protective gear for essential county workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.
• Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine reopened in limited fashion and three other casinos in San Diego County will follow suit later this week.
• San Diego County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Diane Jacob announced they will introduce a $34 million economic stimulus package designed to assist local businesses struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Noting that most of the now over 200 San Diegans who have died while being treated for COVID-19 suffered from an underlying medical condition, Supervisor Jim Desmond is calling for the state to let healthy people go back to work.
• More than $75 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds will assist health care providers in North County San Diego and South Orange County to help cover costs incurred as a result of the pandemic, it was announced by Rep. Mike Levin.
• Attorney Ally Keegan writes that the pandemic has demonstrated how remote services could make the San Diego criminal court system more responsive and efficient.
• Professor Gary Mangiofico writes that new contact-tracing apps will store data on individual smartphones, rather than central servers, creating information to advance public health goals without sacrificing personal privacy.
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