Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Photo by Cameron Pinske / US Navy
Above: Military Sealift Command hosital ship USNS Mercy navigate the channel of San Diego on Sept. 23, 2020.
this is a news blog for all the latest updates on the pandemic coronavirus.
UPDATE: 07:00, March 18, 2020:
hospital ship based in San Diego USNS Mercy is preparing to respond to the threat of coronavirus.
President Trump made the announcement Wednesday afternoon that two Navy hospital ships, Mercy and USNS Comfort would deploy a place to assist with the response to the virus.
Comfort actually receiving treatment in Norfolk, Virginia. Mercy is based in San Diego can be ready in a few days, according to the Navy.
The President did not announce a specific mission but the ship can go anywhere along the western coast, including Seattle, which has seen a number of cases, or can stay in southern California to support civilian medical system.
“Comfort and Mercy will not spread to patients COVID treat, but will be made available to assist with the treatment of other patients on the location of the beach where local health professionals certainly focused on a large number of cases COVID,” Lt. Rochelle Rieger , a spokesman for the Navy’s Third Fleet, said in a statement.
The Mercy carry 1,000 hospital beds, including a 80-bed intensive care and some surgical suites, today, Mercy set to leave within five day, immediately after receiving supplies and medical staff. If pressed, it can leave quickly.
in 2013, the ship was deployed in 3 days to respond to the cyclone in th e Philippines.
UPDATE 04:30, March 18, 2020:
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulcon (center) announced the grants at city Hall in downtown San Diego for small businesses affected the impact of the crisis coronavirus, March 18, 2020.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday announced a $ 4 million grant to small businesses affected by the crisis coronavirus.
small businesses may apply for interest-free micro loans to help them weather the crisis, he said.
details on how businesses can access funding, and how many will come, says Faulconer.
The mayor also said the $ 4 million is seed money and he expects to grow as banks and community partners working with the city to provide assistance to local businesses.
by city, 98% of San Diego businesses have fewer than 100 employees
UPDATE :. 02:37, March 18, 2020
San diego public health officer Dr. Wilma Wootten provide an update on the corona virus, March 18, 2020.
county of San Diego, on Wednesday renewed the order to include the closure of all of the fitness center and gym began at midnight.
county also explained that the restriction order a meeting of 50 or people not affect airports, public transport or other important business – such as a grocery store -. where people can practice social distance
County public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said he did not recommend sheltering in place today.
“We recommend people not to gather in groups of 10 or more,” he said.
at this time, day-care centers and child care centers can still remain open, as long as their children are cared for in a stable group of 10 or fewer.
“mean a stable that they are 10 children who are the same,” said Wooten. He said there can not be any mixing of children and to centers that care for some groups of children, the group should be in a separate room.
As far as the homeless population away, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said there is a public health nurse who is embedded in several homeless outreach teams and districts working to expand that to a total of 16 teams.
county has secured more motel rooms for individuals who tested positive, are being investigated or have symptoms but do not have the ability to self-isolate at home, says Fletcher.
room not only for homeless people, he said, but for those who require isolation.
chief medical officer Dr. Nick Yphantides County health officials said had all the supplies they need now to care for patients.
“Now to answer the question you frankly, there is no shortage,” he sai.. D
shortage is a national issue that is being addressed by the release of stock
county also gave an update on solving cases by age groups:
0-17: 0 case
18-64: 47 cases
65 +: 13 cases
UPDATE: 12:45, March 18, 2020
Migrants from Central America to use the mark in Played de Tijuana Tijuana dry their clothes, November 15, 2018.
Administration Trump preparing to close the border for Asylum-Seekers < p> Trump government announced on Wednesday that he plans to close the southwestern border to asylum seekers, and instead of returning them to Mexico, even if it is not their country of origin.
When asked if he was ready to close the border based on a possible threat to public health as long as President Trump replied, “The answer is yes.” He added that it would happen “soon.”
The government said it was allowed to do so under federal law that says Surgeon General can prohibit people from entering the country if there is “infectious diseases in foreign countries” that they entered from. Administration Trump tried to install a similar rule in 2018 under a different statute, but are blocked by the Supreme Court.
Under the new rules, set to be published within the next 48 hours, anyone caught entering the outside of the port-of-entry will be driven to the nearest border and returned to Mexico. The United States said it did so because “it’s important to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus in detention facilities along the border,”.
The Mexican government said that it was not aware of this plan by the administration of Trump, but that they are about the pandemic.
On Wednesday, President Trump announced that the US-Canada border will be closed to all traffic “non-essential”. The US-Mexico border remains open to all civilian traffic at this time.
Today, Mexico has far fewer people who have tested positive for COVID-19. As KPBS reported on Monday, public health officials are concerned that, with the continuation of the program “Stay-in-Mexico”, despite the ongoing pandemic
UPDATE :. 11:15, March 18, 2020 :.
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a sleeping man on the sidewalk vacant in downtown San Diego, March 18, 2020
Father Joe Stop Taking into people at the shelter; One Resident Tested For COVID-19
To help stop the spread of coronavirus, Father Joe’s Villages has been ordered to stop allowing new intake in temporary shelters and the bridge of her, Deacon Jim Vargas, president of the nonprofit, said at a press conference 08 : 00 Tuesday. Vargas said that could change in the future.
Father Joe is removed someone from a homeless shelter Monday and tested them for COVID-19 after they reported flu-like symptoms, Dr. Jeffrey Norris, medical director at the Health Center Village, said at a press conference, which was held online ,
Norris said the men were also being the first to move into one of 237 obtained for the county motel room while the house waiting for test results or which may be directed to the quarantine. There has been no positive tests alleged to COVID-19 in San Diego County homeless population that so far, said Norris
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UPDATE: 10:20, March 18, 2020
Newsom Orders Renewal Requirements For Medi-Cal; Safety Net Services
California Governor Newsom issued an executive order Wednesday to extend the period of eligibility for important safety net services, such as health care, food assistance and in-home services for vulnerable people.
“The programs are very important social safety net for families – especially during this crisis,” said Newsom. “We do not want California who rely on these services to miss them.”
The order frees the feasibility of re-determination for 90 days for California that participate in the following services:
-Cal -Medi health coverage
-CalFresh food aid < / p>
-Cash assistance to immigrants; and Support Services
UPDATE: 08:42, March 18, 2020
Students at the University of San Diego and San Diego State University will be moved out of their dormitories Wednesday amid pandemic coronavirus
UPDATE :. 06:20, March 17, 2020
-19 COVID number of cases, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, rose to 60 Tuesday, according tocounty Health and Human Services Agency.
The figures include 51 citizens of San Diego County, five under federal quarantine MCAS Miramar and four non-citizens of San Diego.
Also, San Diego State University Tuesday ordered the students to immediately move away from the campus. Students were asked to move by 07:00. Wednesday
The only exception is students who can not go home, they are without a home to return to and people with health and safety risks known
UPDATE :. 04:50 March 17th, 2020 :.
The city of San Diego has put a moratorium on evictions during the pandemic coronavirus, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Tuesday afternoon
move to place a limit on the eviction for late or non-payment for employment problems or illness.
“We want to be very clear about that,” he said. “We want San Diegans know that they do not have to worry about losing their homes during this time of crisis.”
The City Council President Georgette Gomez echos that sentiment.
“We’re doing our best effort,” he said. “We act as a leader to keep our communities safe.”
UPDATE: 04:45, March 17, 2020
The Navy announced Tuesday its closed Command Support Training Center in San Diego after a third sailor who had a relationship by the school tested positive for the alleged new coronavirus.
Two students and an instructor at the school, along with other sailors in the San Diego region is placed on the USS Boxer, has tested positive for the disease allegation, according to the Navy.
The latest sailor who has a relationship with the school tested positive Saturday, and the center was closed that day, but the Navy did not announce this case until Tuesday. sailor stationed aboard the USS Essex and had been attending a course at the Naval Base San Diego since February 6
UPDATE :. 03:22 March 17, 2020
National City City Facilities Close To Public In response COVID-19
National City announced it was closing all city facilities to the public in an effective response to the pandemic coronavirus Wednesday.
This includes the town hall, police and fire departments, libraries, recreation centers and Martin Luther King Jr. Community center.
All the bathrooms in the city’s parks are also closed.
UPDATE: 02:36, March 17, 2020
San Diego Supervisors to provide an update regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in San Diego, March 17, 2020 .
San Diego County, on Tuesday said it is investigating two cases of coronavirus group among 55 confirmed cases.
One of them is a group of four people who contracted COVID -19 through the deployment of the society, said Dr. Eric McDonald county epidemiology. Some individuals are active-duty service members are known to each other. Three are in the house and one in the hospital.
Other Cluster is a group of seven people who went on a ski trip to Colorado. Six were in the house and one in the hospital.
McDonald said of the 489 people in the federal quarantine MCAS Miramar, 132 had left and returned to their home countries. And just like last night, 357 are still there. There are plans to have 115 people flown Tuesday under Operarion Homeward Bound.
Only two people under quarantine in MCAS Miramar is a resident of San Diego, he said.
“This county has been in contact with both people and has provided some of the needs that support them while they remain in federal custody,” said McDonald
UPDATE :. 11:00, March 17, 2020
now there are more than 500 cases of COVID-19, a disease caused by a coronavirus, in the state of California, according to the California Department of public Health.
Nearly 100 of the cases received by the public, which means that people who are infected do not travel to areas with outbreaks or had contact known someone who has.
San Diego, a sailor at the Naval Base Point Loma tested positive for the virus, the Navy Monday night , making sailors both in San Diego County to contract the virus.
one of the sailors in naval San Diego tested positive on Friday. The two sailors were in isolation at the residence of each, according to the Navy. others who have been in contact with those sailors are also in quarantine
UPDATE :. 05:00, March 16, 2020
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday followed the lead of the district and directs all the bars and clubs to close until the end of the month effective at midnight,
The mayor also directed the restaurant for a sit-in near the dining and offers take-out and delivery only.
San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit officer said his deputy would be out Monday educate bars and restaurants in order. The main concern, he said, is education, not enforcement but if needs be, the officer can use the vice ordinances to enforce the order.
“We are all together,” said Nisleit. He says he understands there are financial costs, but public safety is more important.
President of the Council Georgette Gomez also announced that the City Council will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to mandate a moratorium on housing evictions, displacement of business and city inhabited vehicle regulation
UPDATE :. 03:00, March 16, 2020
A closed signed at Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt shop at the Hilton Bayfront in downtown San Diego on March 14, 2020, as the crisis coronavirus.
county of San Diego on Monday prohibits public gatherings of 50 people or more and prohibit all bars, adult entertainment and any agencies that serve alcohol but there is no food to close as a way to stem the spread of coronavirus.
The restaurant was also ordered to close to places to eat and offers take-out only. Restaurants need to establish a protocol for social distance for pick-up orders.
The business has been ordered to offer to telecommute and establish protocols for social distance and do not require a doctor’s note for sick leave.
command applies to midnight
The complete command is :.
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said the public should be prepared to act much more severe and drastic, if. required
UPDATE: 11:27, March 16, 2020
Local Leaders Announce Creation COVID-19 Funds To Help Communities affected
A coalition of local partners announced Monday the creation of funds to help support people affected by the pandemic COVID 19th.
San Diego COVID-19 Response Community Fund will award grants to nonprofit organizations with experience supporting affected communities, especially those who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and the economic consequences.
The fund consists of several partners, including the San Diego area Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG & E), The San Diego Foundation, United Way of San Diego County San Diego & Imperial Counties Council workers.
San Diego county leaders announced the launch of the San Diego Community Response Fund COVID-19 on March 16, 2020, to help low wage earners during the crisis coronavirus.
UPDATE: visit prisoners 11:19, March 16, 2020
The federal jail in downtown San Diego has been suspended for at least 30 days.
The ban is part of to stem the spread of COVID-19 between the prison population and staff. The ban also includes legal visits from lawyers.
Metropolitan Correctional Center holds about 1,000 inmates.
UPDATE: 07:27, March 16, 2020
San Diego Court announced Monday morning that the court will not ask the jury to appear for duty this week.
The court said the decision came following the new guidance of the people do not gather in groups larger than 50 people.
“health of our people is important to us all and while we procedures COVID-19 in place to provide social distance sufficient for a jury is called in room service our jury, had a jury of 50 people will not provide us with enough a lot of people to a fair trial, “said San Diego court Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne.
court asking that the judge sitting in court or in the discussion of the report to the courtroom for further guidance from the judge.
UPDATE: 07:00, March 16, 2020
Officials at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Monday announced an increase in the level of health protection as a result of the outbreak continues to COVID -19 including two marines in basic testing positive for viruses.
the Miramar Marine tested positive on Friday and another on Saturday.
Effective immediately, the driver entered the gate will hold an ID so the guards do not have to touch them. Hour fitness facilities will be modified to improve the cleaning throughout the day. chapel services and tourist base
canceled until further notice
UPDATE :. 08:41, March 15, 2020
San DiegoHealth district officials released a new update Sunday night on the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of positive cases 39.
On Saturday, confirmed to have coronavirus, as well.
A graphic image shows coronavirus number of positive cases in San Diego County Since February 14, 2020
UPDATE :. 06:21, March 15, 2020
Test Encinitas Union School District Employee positive To COVID-19
an employee at an elementary school in Encinitas as a coronavirus tested positive on Sunday.
districts only identify the employee as a member of staff at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary.
test samples will be sent to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirm. Current county will do “contact investigation” for those who test positive to see who else they may possibly be exposed to coronavirus.
On Friday, the county reported eight positive cases of alleged and three from the federal quarantine. On Saturday, there were six positive cases over alleged
UPDATE :. 06:21, March 15, 2020
Sailor Aboard USS Boxer Test Positive For Coronavirus
a sailor on board the USS Boxer tested positive for COVID-19, became the first sailor aboard the Force US Navy to contract the virus ,.
The sailor is considered positive when allegations and await confirmation by the CDC. “Preventive measures are appropriate and do a thorough cleaning in accordance with specific guidance from the CDC and the Center for Marine Corps Public Health” the Navy said that the personnel aboard the USS Boxer take
UPDATE: 6:21 PM, March 15, 2020
Chula Vista suspends operations Safetys Unless General
Cars pass under the sign of Third Avenue in downtown Chula Vista, October 7, 2014. < / p>
the operation for the city of Chula Vista is suspended Monday and Tuesday except for public safety, officials announced Sunday.
“in an effort to stem the spread of COVID 19th coronavirus, the city of Chula Vista will temporarily suspend full operation on March 16 and 17, to focus our efforts on providing public safety is critical,” said Anne Steinberger, public information officer for the city. “We will continue with additional important services as soon as possible to minimize disruption in our community, while continuing to emphasize social distance and limit the risks to employees and citizens.”
Mar 17 meeting of the City Council will be held on schedule, says Steinberger. Members of the public will be asked to submit an electronic comment and board members will participate electronically, he said
UPDATE :. 06:19, March 15, 2020
Harrah’s Resort To Close For Two Weeks
a picture of the site Harrah Rincon announced the closure of local, March 15, 2020.
as a preventive measure during an outbreak of coronavirus, Harrah’s Resort Southern California decided to shut down for two weeks, Rincon Tribal leaders announced Sunday.
Resorts 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way will close starting at 6 am Monday, said on his website, “the health and safety of the guests and teammates is our top priority and guide all our decisions in the resort” < p>
UPDATE :. 03:37, March 15, 2020
North County Firefighters To Suspend Most Common Interactions
Photo credit :. Cal Fire San Diego
Truck A Cal Fire in Vista Fire on July 17, 2019
in the wake of an outbreak of coronavirus, fire officials in North County S unday suspended most firefighters and paramedics interaction with public except for answering 911 emergency fire and medical aid calls, authorities said.
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