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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.

Christa Jones, a nurse in the Sharp Grossmont H...

Latest Coronavirus Death Toll Shows A Surge In South San Diego County

May 21
By Claire Trageser

Of the last 100 deaths, 39 have been in South County. Also, deaths among Latinos have surged past those among whites.

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Death Records Suggest Coronavirus Was Not In San Diego Early This Year

May 16
By Claire Trageser

In contrast with some parts of the country, where the total number of deaths went up significantly in early parts of the year, the total number of deaths in San Diego County were similar to 2019.

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County Leaves Day Care Providers In The Dark On Changes To Restrictions

May 13
By Claire Trageser

County health officials made a significant decision last week to allow day cares to begin accepting children whose parents are nonessential workers. But because of miscommunications, day care providers are just now getting the message.

Respiratory therapist Gus Naranjo, left, adjust...

Health Experts, Residents Worry South Bay Not Ready To Reopen As COVID-19 Worsens

May 11
By Brad Racino / inewsource, Jill Castellano / inewsource

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is the epicenter of the COVID-19 fight in San Diego County. The hospital is caring for more coronavirus patients than anywhere else in the county.

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It’s Public Health Vs. Privacy As San Diego County Considers Contact Tracing App

May 6
By Claire Trageser

The county is among governments worldwide considering using smartphone apps to help with the tracking of people exposed to the coronavirus. But not everyone is willing to use them.

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San Diego Gearing Up To Deploy Hundreds Of Coronavirus Trackers

May 5
By Claire Trageser

It’s likely that at the beginning of the year, most of us had not heard of the term "contact tracing." But it is about to become a big part of our lives.

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A Snapshot Of Who Died From Coronavirus In San Diego County

April 29
By Claire Trageser

Of the 113 people who've died so far, the vast majority were eldery and about half were white, according to data from the county.

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South San Diego County Areas With Most Coronavirus Cases Also Have Fewest Hospital Beds

April 24
By Claire Trageser

Cases have surged in South Bay ZIP codes, which are served by just two hospitals.

Pictured above is Country Hills Post Acute nurs...

Senior Care Facilities Seek Legal Immunity During Coronavirus Pandemic

April 21
By Amita Sharma

Groups representing California nursing homes and assisted living facilities, along with other health providers, say such protections are needed. Advocates say they would excuse elder abuse.

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Daycare Only For Essential Workers Amid Pandemic, But Some Say Local Enforcement Is Lax

April 21
By Claire Trageser

In its stay-at-home order, San Diego County allows for daycare providers to stay open only to care for children of essential workers—no one else. But some parents and providers say no one is checking.

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San Diego Bus Drivers Told To Quarantine Without Pay

April 17
By Claire Trageser

Several drivers who work for a contractor of the Metropolitan Transit System were told to self quarantine at home because of possible exposure to the coronavirus. But they aren't being paid for that time.

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Advocates Say Officials Should Identify Nursing Homes With Coronavirus Outbreaks

April 15
By Amita Sharma

Without that information, families can't make good decisions regarding whether their loved ones should be in the facilities, the advocates argue.

Chula Vista police officers Victor Del Rio and ...

How Local Police Are Making Arrests, Handling Stress In The Coronavirus Era

April 13
By Claire Trageser

An arrest is still an arrest and police have to come in close contact with people to do their jobs. It’s a new level of danger, with the slightest touch meaning they could get sick.

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SDSU's Changing Communications With Study Abroad Students

March 20
By Claire Trageser

SDSU's experiences with a student studying in Italy who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home provide a window into the chaotic situation facing the university.

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