Here is a list of the major developments in the coronavirus epidemic facing San Diego County, updated at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27.
• There have been 6,983 cases and 255 deaths among San Diego County residents as of Wednesday afternoon.
• Across California there have been 98,980 cases and 3,884 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, though Johns Hopkins reported the number of cases had actually passed 100,000.
• Across the United States, there have been 1,697,459 cases and 100,271 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.
• The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported 100 new coronavirus cases and six deaths on a day marked by grim state and national milestones in the fight against the disease.
• A nonprofit watchdog group in Washington state had “laudable” aims, a Seattle judge said, but he threw out its lawsuit targeting Fox News for its coverage of COVID-19.
• Rady Children’s Hospital and San Diego County announced a collaborative COVID-19 testing initiative aimed at testing up to 2,000 children and their families per day.
• Having asked the state earlier this month for $20 million of emergency funding to help stay afloat through the coronavirus crisis, administrators of the Del Mar Fairgrounds are now asking the public to reach out to lawmakers in Sacramento with their support for the aid.
• State Sen. Brian Jones called for a further relaxation on rules for in-person worshiping at religious institutions, saying that “California’s faith leaders — who care more for their congregants’ safety than anyone — can also safely provide the essential spiritual care their congregants need.”
• To help residents impacted by feelings of loneliness and isolation during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order and as the city begins to slowly reopen, San Diego expanded its AgeWell Social Calls Program to offer comfort to San Diegans of all ages, including those who only speak Spanish.
• San Diego State University’s School of Public Health will partner with county public health officials to train and recruit community health workers and students to bolster contact tracing efforts in the region’s underserved communities, it was announced Wednesday.
• The Pendry San Diego in the Gaslamp announced it will reopen to hotel and restaurant guests on Tuesday, June 2.
Trust Restaurant Group will open four of its restaurants — Trust, Rare Society, Cardellino and Fort Oak — for dining-in over the next week.
• State Sen. Joel Anderson, who is running for county supervisor, presented a petition and called for the El Capitan Reservoir, San Vicente Reservoir, Lake Barrett and Lake Sutherland, which are all managed by the city of San Diego, to be reopened for recreational use.
• San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is now open to members only. They’re required to make online reservations via the garden’s new online ticketing system before their visit and bring proof of reservations with them, as well as their membership cards.
• The San Diego Loyal soccer club announced fans have raised $75,000 for The Conrad Prebys Foundation COVID-19 Response Challenge. The foundation will match that and give $150,000 in support of Rady Children’s Hospital.
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