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Roundtable: Living With The Coronavirus Pandemic

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher updates the public regarding new developmen...

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Above: County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher updates the public regarding new developments in the coronavirus pandemic, March 12, 2020.

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Cruise lines, concerts, classes, conventions, conferences, even conversations. The novel coronavirus is disrupting most aspects of daily life in San Diego, just as it is in the rest of the ... Read more →

Aired: March 13, 2020 | Transcript

Roundtable Guests

Andrew Bowen, KPBS metro reporter

Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS News

Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego

Matt Hoffman , KPBS News

Living with coronavirus

So far only six people in San Diego have tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. But the number is increasing, and major impacts are already being felt.

The local economy -- particularly restaurants and hotels -- is taking some significant hits. Meanwhile, schools, churches and arts and cultural organizations are shutting their doors.

Related: Art In The Time Of COVID-19

Related: A Guide To Major Events Canceled, Postponed In San Diego, US Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Yet, messaging from the White House has been confusing, contradictory and incorrect.

San Diego is dependent on tourism. Last week, nine groups, from realtors to medical researchers, cancelled or postponed conferences scheduled at the San Diego Convention Center or large hotels. The cruise ship industry and all airlines have been greatly affected.

San Diego Unified announced the closure of all schools starting Monday, March 16.

Related: San Diego Unified To Close Schools Over Coronavirus

Universities and colleges in San Diego are moving classes online and cancelling all non-essential events. Concerts, plays and the Latino Film Festival are postponed. The NBA, NHL and now major league baseball have cancelled games.

March Madness will not be in March.

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