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Tracking COVID-19

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has sickened more than a million people, forced millions to live under strict social distancing orders and paralyzed the global economy since its emergence in Wuhan, China at the end of last year.

Experts say the new virus is deadlier than the seasonal flu and U.S. federal officials have acknowledged that it could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans.

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Trust Barriers Pose Challenge For Coronavirus Testing, Tracing Among Black And Latino Californians

May 30
Ana B. Ibarra/CalMatters

Public health leaders try to tailor their response in California's communities of color, where the pandemic has been devastating.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer at the May 29, 2020, news...

San Diego Mayor Condemns Minneapolis Officers Over Police Custody Death

May 29
By City News Service

Faulconer began his daily news conference, which has typically provided updates on the region's COVID-19 situation, by calling George Floyd's death "a tragedy" and saying he stood with the San Diego Police Department in condemning the officers' actions "in the strongest possible terms."

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Business Report: Summer Travel Season Shaken By COVID-19

May 29
By Bennett Lacy

Major job cuts hit businesses at the heart of the travel industry, and regional destinations like theme parks and casinos prepare to slowly reopen in the coming weeks.

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Del Mar Fairgrounds Asks Public To Write Politicians For COVID-19 Funds

May 29
By City News Service

The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the fairgrounds, asked Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month to allocate $20 million of the state's portion of the economic aid package approved by Congress in March to assist government agencies as part of COVID-19 relief.

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COVID-19 Cases Rise To 7,240, Supervisors Consider Eviction Ban Next Week

May 29
By City News Service

County health officials recorded 4,624 tests Friday, raising the cumulative total number of tests to 151,910.

Johanna Bernal,pictured in this undated photo, ...

Building Trust Key To Stopping Coronavirus Spread In Communities Of Color

May 29
By Shalina Chatlani

Latinos make up just one-third of the county's population. But they account for 60% of positive coronavirus cases. So, cities like San Diego are seeing how critical it is to address the issue of trust and fear in communities of color.

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As Day Cares Reopen, Parents Face Difficult Decisions

May 29
By Claire Trageser

They long to end the exhausting juggle of work and childcare. Yet, they worry about the risks of sending their kids back to a group environment amid a pandemic that is far from over.

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SANDAG Study Finds Sales Drop Countywide By Nearly $2.3 Billion

May 28
By City News Service

The report estimates the largest losses in taxable sales are to apparel stores, down 83%, and restaurants, down 67%.

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Partial Restoration of Pacific Surfliner Rail Service Slated

May 28
By City News Service

A temporarily reduced Pacific Surfliner schedule went into effect March 23 in response to shelter-in-place orders implemented by local municipalities and the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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San Diego County Updates Official Death Toll For April

May 28
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego County Assessor and Recorder has added to the region's death toll for April, showing an increase likely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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County To Reopen Beaches For 'Passive Use' On Tuesday As Cases Cross 7,000

May 28
By City News Service

San Diego County's beaches can reopen Tuesday for passive uses like sitting in a beach chair and sunbathing, it was announced Thursday, continuing the county's gradual reopening.

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Family Of Amazon Worker Who Died Of Coronavirus Questioning Company Hiring Spree

May 28
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Harry Sentoso, 63, died after going to work in an Irvine Amazon warehouse in March. His story is profiled in a Los Angeles Times report on the risks faced by workers at those warehouses. His family is asking why Amazon hired additional workers to help with non-essential online purchases, putting those workers' lives at risk.

Children play at Children's Growing Center in M...

San Diego Day Cares Set To Reopen Despite Confusing Rules

May 28
By Claire Trageser

As more people return to work, many daycares are trying to reopen, but they are struggling with a maze of confusing and sometimes conflicting regulations on how to operate during the pandemic.

CVS drive-thru testing site in Chula Vista on M...

CVS To Open Seven More Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Sites In San Diego County

May 28
By City News Service

CVS Health announced Thursday that it will open seven additional drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites across San Diego County tomorrow, as part of its goal to establish 1,000 testing locations across the country by the end of the month.

California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni ...

California Senate Plan Would Reject Most Of Gov. Newsom's Coronavirus Cuts

May 28
By Associated Press

The California Senate's plan to make up the state's estimated $54.3 billion budget deficit rejects Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposed cuts to public education and health care programs — and instead takes more money from reserves and delays billions of dollars in payments to school districts.