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Tracking COVID-19

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has sickened 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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Coronavirus: Quick facts

  • What is coronavirus?
    The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a virus that can infect animals and humans. It causes a range of respiratory illness, fever, cough and in more severe cases can cause pneumonia and even death.
  • What are the symptoms?
    The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
    No one knows for sure how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces. But, studies suggest the virus can live for a few hours up to several days on a surface. If you think a surface may be infected, clean with soap and water or a simple disinfectant to kill the virus.

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Live Blog: Five San Diego Food Handlers Test Positive for COVID-19

March 29
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.

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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.

A city of San Diego lifeguard stands on Mission...

As Beaches Remain Closed, Four San Diego Lifeguards Test Positive For Coronavirus

March 29
By Matt Hoffman

Four lifeguards in the city of San Diego have now tested positive for the coronavirus.

People wait in a line to enter a gun store in C...

US Agency Includes Gun Sellers As 'Critical' Infrastructure

March 29
By Associated Press

A gun rights group is cheering the Trump administration's designation of the firearms industry, including retailers, as part of the nation's critical infrastructure during the coronavirus emergency.

In the aftermath of the first California reside...

California Virus Death Toll Surpasses 100; Infections Surge

March 29
By Associated Press

With cases of coronavirus surging and the death toll surpassing 100, lawmakers are pleading with cooped-up Californians to spend a second weekend at home to slow the spread of the infections.

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San Diego County Homeless Shelters Run Low On Staffing, Supplies Amidst COVID-19

March 29
By Cody Dulaney / inewsource

Three nonprofits that run shelters tell their stories: Operation HOPE in Vista, Interfaith Community Services in Escondido and Oceanside, and South Bay Community Services in Chula Vista.

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Navy Adds Restrictions As Number Of Coronavirus Cases Grow

March 28
By Steve Walsh

The Navy and Marines are taking more steps to control the spread of the virus, including sending more test kits to ships and canceling additional exercises.

The San Diego VA Medical Center in La Jolla is ...

San Diego VA Faces Nursing Shortage And Lapses In COVID-19 Readiness, Report Finds

March 28
By Jill Castellano / inewsource

A new report by the VA inspector general’s office reveals shortcomings at the San Diego VA in its efforts to combat the novel coronavirus.

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Emergency Food Drive-Through Looks To Relieve Pressure From Local Food Distribution Sites

March 28
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Drivers were instructed to go through the food-distribution lanes with their trunks open, as volunteers filled their cars with emergency groceries.

President Trump has been under pressure to ensu...

WATCH: Trump Raises Idea Of Quarantines Affecting NY, NJ and Connecticut

March 28
By Associated Press

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he had spoken with some governors and was considering some type of an enforceable quarantine to prevent people in New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut from traveling.

Signs in front of the Stellar Care senior livin...

Coronavirus Enters San Diego County's Senior Care Facilities

March 27
By Amita Sharma

The operators of senior residential centers began precautionary measures two weeks ago to guard against COVID-19, but the virus still found its way into facilities.

Donnell Branch, right, raises his hand in his P...

Arts Program For Children Works To Adapt Now That Schools Are Closed

March 27
By John Carroll

San Diego arts programs have been struggling under the coronavirus shutdowns. That includes arts education programs for kids. One that's been around for more than 55 years is working to adapt to the new reality.

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San Diego Airport Business Grounded By Coronavirus

March 27
By Erik Anderson

San Diego’s International Airport is open, but the flying business is taking a beating.

UNICEF Report: 300 Million Cases Of Violence Ag...

School Closures Lead To Troubling Drop In Child Abuse Reports

March 27
By Joe Hong

Teachers and other school staff are required by law to report suspicions of child abuse. But they no longer have daily contact with their students, so abuse is likely going unreported.

The U.S. Capitol building is illuminated by the...

Trump Signs $2.2T Stimulus After Swift Congressional Votes

March 27
By Associated Press

Acting with exceptional resolve in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic.

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USNS Mercy Hospital Ship Arrives At Port of Los Angeles

March 27
By City News Service

The ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals and will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults, according to the Navy.

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