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Tracking COVID-19

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has sickened hundreds of thousands, quarantined millions and sent financial markets reeling since its emergence in Wuhan, China at the end of last year.

According to the head of the World Health Organization, the new virus is more deadly than the flu. Globally, about 3.4% of patients have died.

As the outbreak continues to grow, KPBS will continue to update this section with the latest information.

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Live Blog: San Diego County Health Officials Report 117 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 Death

April 5
By KPBS Staff

This is a breaking news blog for all of the latest updates about the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: What Your Fellow San Diegans Are Asking KPBS

March 23
By KPBS News

As information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 changes daily, KPBS will keep you up-to-date with the latest information and answers to your questions.

Packaged meals at a San Diego Unified School Di...

Where Students Can Get School Meals In San Diego County During Coronavirus Shutdown

March 14
By City News Service

Students age 2 to 18 can get a meal for breakfast and lunch at any of the sites during this period, the San Diego County Office of Education said.

Elm Hall, a dormitory at the California Institu...

Judges Deny California Inmate Release Request, Cite US Law

April 5
By Associated Press

Federal judges are refusing on procedural grounds to order California to free thousands of prisoners to ease crowded conditions that attorneys representing inmates likened to a "tinderbox" ready to ignite with the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

San Diego County health officials announce plan...

Federal Hospital Coming To Palomar Medical Center As Officials Brace For Coronavirus Surge

April 5
By Matt Hoffman

The 250-bed "pop-up" hospital will reside on two floors of the Palomar facility in Escondido. It is unclear right now whether the hospital will serve COVID-19 patients or those with other needs.

San Diego's seal is shown at the downtown City ...

Union: San Diego Poised To Furlough Hundreds Of Workers Deemed 'Non-Essential' To Pandemic Response

April 4
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The city of San Diego told hundreds of city employees they won't be getting paid starting Monday because their jobs aren't essential to the coronavirus pandemic response. The union representing these workers says the action would violate their contract.

San Diego State University nursing student Sara...

California Nursing Students Get Path To Degree Amid Pandemic

April 4
Cuneyt Dil / Associated Press

California is making it easier for nursing students to finish their degree requirements after the coronavirus shut down clinical training at many hospitals.

In this March 31, 2020, photo, Kyle Navarro pos...

Asian Americans Use Social Media To Mobilize Against Attacks

April 4
Terry Tang / Associated Press

Asian Americans are using social media to organize and fight back against racially motivated attacks during the coronavirus pandemic. A string of racist run-ins in the last two weeks has given rise to hashtags and online forums to report hate.

A worker, wearing a protective mask against the...

San Diego Grocers Scrambling To Comply With County Mask Order

April 3
By David Washburn

County requiring employees of grocery stores and many other retail outlets to wear masks as of midnight Friday. That’s a tall order, says the California Grocers Association.

A chart, released April 3, 2020, showing San Di...

San Diego County COVID-19 Cases Pass 1,000 Mark

April 3
By City News Service

There have been 1,112 positive cases confirmed in the county, and an additional death reported Friday of a man in his late 70s, brings the total death count to 17.

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is seen in...

Scripps Researchers Find Vulnerability In Novel Coronavirus

April 3
By Shalina Chatlani

Scientists have found a site where an antibody could bind to the virus, giving researchers a road map on how to stop it. They say it's a first step, but an important one, to killing the virus.

The sign in front of the San Diego County Sheri...

Four Sheriff's Employees, One Jail Inmate Test Positive For COVID-19

April 3
By City News Service

Four employees of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and an inmate in a local jail have tested positive for COVID-19, the agency announced Friday.

A building at Rady Children's Hospital in San D...

Rady's Infectious Disease Doctor On Why Coronavirus Doesn't Hit Children As Hard

April 3
By Brooke Ruth, Tarryn Mento

Rady Children's Hospital confirmed this week it's treating its first pediatric coronavirus patient.

San Diego County Democratic Party chairman Will...

San Diego County Democratic Leader Shares His Story After Surviving COVID-19

April 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy is out of the hospital and in quarantine after spending nearly a week in an intensive care unit fighting COVID-19.

Tease photo for After Uproar, California Refines Orde...

After Uproar, California Refines Order For Nursing Homes To Take In People With Virus

April 3
By Amita Sharma

After rebukes from doctors and advocates for elderly people, the California Department of Public Health refined a sweeping order that had required nursing homes to accept residents recovering from or suspected of having COVID-19.

Lindsay Hartmann, right, is shown at her Linda ...

A Military Wife’s Tale Of Fighting COVID-19 From Home With Her Kids, Husband And Mom

April 3
By Mary Plummer / inewsource

Lindsay Hartmann is an active 38-year-old who lives with her Marine husband and two toddler sons. So when she started having chest pains on March 18, she knew something was off.

Researchers at the UC San Diego campus test out...

UC San Diego Engineers, Doctors Upgrading, Testing Ventilators To Fight COVID-19

April 3
By Shalina Chatlani

Engineers from UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering and doctors from UC San Diego School of Medicine are joining forces to upgrade existing ventilators.

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