Mayor Kevin Faulconer places wreath in honor of Harvey Milk's 90th birthday
Mayor Kevin Faulconer honors what would have been Harvey Milk’s 90th birthday while practicing physical distancing. Courtesy of the mayor’s office

Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 9:10 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

There have been 6,434 cases and 242 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Friday afternoon.

Across California there have been 88,444 cases and 3,630 deaths as of Friday afternoon.

Across the United States, there have been 1,596,633 cases and 95,823 deaths as of Friday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.

San Diego County public health officials reported 119 new coronavirus cases on and one additional death.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher shared video of a crowded restaurant in Pacific Beach and announced that it and others flouting coronavirus health rules will be closed.

San Diego city leaders urged residents Friday to continue obeying orders regarding COVID-19 precautions during the Memorial Day weekend.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will issue guidelines by Monday for the reopening of churches and other houses of worship across California, despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that they be allowed to reopen immediately for in-person services.

San Diego County’s unadjusted unemployment rose in April to a record 15%, according to data released by the California Economic Development Department.

Emergency medical reinforcements began work at a small Imperial County hospital straining to cope with a recent surge in coronavirus patients, some of them turned away from overwhelmed hospitals across the border in Mexico.

Valley View Casino & Hotel and Harrah’s Resort Southern California both reopened with restrictions, becoming the third and fourth tribal casinos to do so.

Flagship Cruises and Events announced its San Diego Bay cruises will resume Saturday, with new measures in place to help protect patrons and staff from the coronavirus.

The American flag will be flown at half-staff at all public buildings through sunset on Sunday to honor the victims of the coronavirus pandemic under a proclamation by President Trump.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined LGBTQ community leaders to lay wreaths at intersections along Harvey Milk Street in Hillcrest and Balboa Park in honor of what would have been Milk’s 90th birthday. The ceremony was held in lieu of the annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.

San Diego County Fair officials are seeking to revive one of the most popular parts of the Del Mar summer tradition: enticing food stands along an aroma-packed midway.

San Diego foodie and attorney John Gomez gave each of his 50 employees $500 to spend at local restaurants, encouraging them to tip 25% or more, to help support local establishments.

 United Way of San Diego County has partnered with HandsOn San Diego to launch the San Diego COVID-19 Volunteer Hub, a new website where San Diegans can find ways to help other San Diegans get through this pandemic together.

The San Diego Public Library will begin offering contact-free pickup service at 11 of its branches beginning May 26.

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