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Asma Al Sabag, a contact tracer for San Diego C...

San Diego's Contact Tracing Program Not Keeping Up With Virus Surge

July 7
By Claire Trageser

Contact tracing is meant to be one of the big strategies that will allow San Diego County to finally slow the spread of the coronavirus. But it has some big limitations.

People on the beach on June 21, 2020, Pacific B...

Pacific Beach Emerging As Coronavirus Hot Spot

July 7
By Claire Trageser

The COVID-19 case count in the Pacific Beach zip code has tripled since the middle of June, according to a KPBS analysis of county data. Cases have more than doubled in Fallbrook and Point Loma during the same period.

Berkeley police officers respond to a call for ...

How A California Police Department Changed Its Mindset On Use Of Force

June 12
By Claire Trageser

While de-escalation is now a buzzword in law enforcement circles in the wake of the George Floyd killing by Minneapolis police, it's been central to the Berkeley Police Department's mission for years.

San Diego police officers walk towards a group ...

Questions Surround SDPD’s Use Of Force Training

June 11
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego Police Department is now requiring that officers learn de-escalation tactics. But experts and advocates say the overall training regimen still fosters an us vs them mentality.

San Diego police officers monitor protesters du...

Records Show Racial Disparities When San Diego Law Enforcement Uses Force

June 10
By Claire Trageser

A KPBS analysis found that when police use force, they’re more likely to shoot if the suspect is a person of color. If the suspect is white, police are more likely to use alternative methods.

Pictured above is Avocado Post Acute in El Cajo...

San Diego Nursing Homes With Most Coronavirus Cases Have Long Complaint Records

June 8
By Amita Sharma

Advocates for nursing home residents say there’s a connection between poor safety records and the number of COVID-19 cases, and they are calling for more oversight. Meanwhile, industry representatives say there is no correlation.

Ty Figuero, center, a nurse in the Urgent Care ...

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.

Coronavirus testing at the San Diego county lab...

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.

Children are seen through a fence playing on a ...

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.

A phone displays Care19, the contact tracing ap...

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.

A smartphone showing notes made for contact tra...

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.

A lab worker prepares samples to be tested for ...

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.

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center appears in thi...

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.