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Pacific Beach Emerging As Coronavirus Hotspot

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.

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

NAACP Head Calls For Deputy's Ouster Over 'Vile' Photograph

July 6
By City News Service

The deputy allegedly shared an altered photograph of George Floyd taken from the viral video of the Minnesota man's death via email showing a nude male "porn star" kneeling on Floyd's neck.

A vehicle drives into the Otay Mesa detention c...

Lawmakers Ask Newsom To Stop Transferring People From Prison To ICE Detention

July 6
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Advocates and lawmakers are now focused on a major contributor to the continued spread of the virus inside immigration detention -- people who have finished their prison term and are transferred to ICE custody for possible deportation. They're asking Governor Gavin Newsom to end the practice.

Patrons sitting outside in front of El Chingon ...

San Diego County To Halt Indoor Restaurant Service As COVID Cases Reach 17,000

July 6
By City News Service

Restaurants that are open with dine-in indoor service cannot allow any new customers inside past 10 p.m. Monday, and all customers must be off the premises by 11 p.m. Outdoor dining will still be permitted for those restaurants, as will delivery and takeout.

A flu vaccine vial is shown in this undated pho...

New Swine Flu Concerns San Diego Scientists

July 6
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

In 2009, San Diego scientists were the first to report the strain of virus that became known as the H1N1 swine flu. Not as deadly as the coronavirus, it eventually killed some 285,000 worldwide. Now scientists are concerned by a new strain of the same virus which is spreading quickly in China.

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El Cajon Reopens COVID-19 Rental And Utility Assistance Program Monday

July 6
By City News Service

After the initial wave of grants, some of the funds were apparently left over, prompting Monday's reopening of the program, but El Cajon city staff did not reply immediately to confirm how much money was left in the pool.

A sign requiring the use of masks to prevent th...

San Diego County Reports 1,030 New Positive COVID-19 Cases Over Fourth Of July Weekend

July 6
By City News Service

San Diego County health officials reported 1,030 positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the region's total to 16,726.

Fatima Ahmed sits at her kitchen table in her C...

Science Suggests Systemic Racism Causes Stress, Increases Disease Within Black, Brown Communities

July 6
By Shalina Chatlani

Blacks are five times more likely than whites to be hospitalized due to coronavirus. Scientists say stress from chronic systemic racism makes it biologically difficult for people of color to respond to disease.

Clients at Veterans Village San Diego go throug...

Veteran Re-Employment Program Soldiers On Despite Pandemic

July 3
By Steve Walsh

Veterans Village of San Diego received a $733,000 grant this week from the US Department of Labor to re-employ homeless veterans during the pandemic.

Rashanna Lee holds up her hand and shouts to di...

Protest Leaders Urge Regular COVID Tests To Minimize Spread At Demonstrations

July 3
By Tarryn Mento

A study involving local researchers found no evidence that racial justice protests across the US led to a surge in COVID cases.

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San Diego County Placed on State's COVID-19 Monitoring List

July 3
By City News Service

San Diego County was placed on the state's COVID-19 monitoring list Friday afternoon, which could lead to closures or new restrictions on businesses following the Fourth of July weekend.

Fireworks during the Big Bay Boom, July 4, 2014.

Big Bay Boom Canceled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic Restrictions

July 3
By City News Service

The decision by the Port of San Diego, the title sponsor, and event producer Sandy Purdon was made in alignment with California's stay-at-home order prohibiting large events and gatherings indefinitely.

Planning To Celebrate The 4th? What To Know About The Risks Of Parties And Bars

July 3
Will Stone / NPR

Alcohol makes people lose inhibitions. And maybe take off their masks, and get up close and personal. Here's why you may want to reconsider going out this weekend. Or how to stay safe if you do.

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

'The Data Is Headed In The Wrong Direction;' San Diego Health Care Systems React To Rising COVID-19 Cases

July 3
By Matt Hoffman

Local health care systems are seeing an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations that they say could be stemming from Memorial Day Weekend.

Drill Down To County Level And The U.S. COVID-19 Outbreak Looks Even Worse

July 3
Nurith Aizenman / NPR

Local data reveal a deeper picture of where the current hot spots are in the United States — and where new ones could surface.