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Coronavirus

Coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and the response by local leaders and public health officials to the pandemic.

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San Diego police issue twice as many illegal lodging tickets to homeless during pandemic

 May 25, 2020


Emails, memos and text messages obtained by inewsource reveal the San Diego VA’s slow and inadequate response to the outbreak, which exacerbated its spread.
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Anatomy of an outbreak: How COVID-19 struck dozens of San Diego VA social workers

 May 21, 2020


Emails, memos and text messages obtained by inewsource reveal the San Diego VA’s slow and inadequate response to the outbreak, which exacerbated its spread.
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Imperial County hospitals again accepting COVID-19 patients after sending 40 elsewhere

 May 20, 2020


After diverting ambulances elsewhere for a day because of a spike in cases, Imperial County’s hospitals again are accepting COVID-19 patients.
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Imperial County hospitals turning away COVID-19 patients after surge in cases from Mexico

 May 19, 2020


Imperial County’s two hospitals are no longer accepting additional COVID-19 patients after seeing a rise in cases from U.S. citizens living in Mexico.
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San Diego ends talks to buy 10 motels to house homeless

 May 15, 2020


The San Diego Housing Commission voted unanimously Friday to end talks to buy 10 motels that would have permanently housed homeless people now sheltered at the convention center in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Health experts, residents worry South County not ready for reopening as COVID-19 worsens

 May 11, 2020


Solutions for the economic devastation wrought by stay-at-home orders compete with the cautious approach urged by healthcare providers who want to save as many lives as they can.
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Photos from San Diego hospitals amid COVID-19 pandemic

May 11, 2020


Scenes from across the county are captured in these photos from Sharp hospitals and medical facilities in La Mesa, Rancho Bernardo and Chula Vista.
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Pandemic may bring major funding cuts to San Diego County’s community colleges

 May 5, 2020


Community colleges across San Diego County, some of which already were struggling financially, have spent millions of dollars in unanticipated costs since COVID-19 abruptly closed campuses.
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San Diego County workers demand hazard pay and safety protections during pandemic

 May 4, 2020


More than a dozen cars filled with San Diego County employees honked their horns as they drove past the county’s operations center Monday afternoon, waving signs that read “Protect ALL Workers” and “Hazard PAY Now.”
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San Diego County workers allege unsafe conditions in state complaints

 May 1, 2020


San Diego County front-line employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic filed multiple state safety complaints against the county Friday, according to a news release from their union, SEIU Local 221.
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San Diego County knew about gaps in mental health care at a COVID-19 motel. Now someone is dead.

 May 1, 2020


A person in COVID-19 isolation at the county-run Crowne Plaza hotel in Mission Valley died by suicide on April 23, more than a month after county employees raised alarms about the lack of mental health services for people placed there, according to interviews and emails obtained by inewsource.
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San Diego’s infrastructure backlog could surge as COVID-19 shakes city finances

 April 30, 2020


San Diego’s infrastructure needs, which have ballooned over the past decade, have been a top priority of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s administration. But as Faulconer enters the last eight months of his term, COVID-19 has thrown city finances off track and slowed his ability to tackle a long to-do list.
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A ‘testing desert,’ Imperial County gets state help to check more residents for COVID-19

 April 28, 2020


Hundreds more Imperial County residents will soon be able to get checked for COVID-19 after state officials designated the area a “testing desert.”
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Photos: COVID-19 poses new threat to Imperial County’s homeless

 April 24, 2020


These photos taken in Calexico capture how the area's homeless residents are being helped.
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‘We’re struggling’: Imperial County nonprofits serving homeless face funding, volunteer shortages

 April 24, 2020


Nonprofit leaders who serve some of the most vulnerable people in Imperial County say they’re seeing fewer volunteers and struggling with their own financial uncertainty because of the novel coronavirus — all while demand for their services remains high.
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San Diego could put homeless in motels with history of bedbug, mold complaints

 April 22, 2020


Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants to spend an untold amount of taxpayer money on motels to permanently house hundreds of homeless people who are sheltered at the San Diego Convention Center to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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Photos: City Heights healthcare clinic adapts during COVID-19 pandemic

 April 17, 2020


As local hospitals have worked to increase their capacity to treat COVID-19 patients, San Diego area health clinics have transformed the way they deliver care.
At La Maestra Community Health Centers’ facility in City Heights, the clinic has limited the services it provides in person, but it remains open to serve its patients whose incomes are at or below poverty level.
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Malaria drug Trump touted as COVID-19 treatment runs low in San Diego

 April 16, 2020


High demand for hydroxychloroquine has led to supply shortages and mixed availability at San Diego hospitals.
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San Diego County officials give inconsistent, confusing COVID-19 statements

 April 15, 2020


While most of the facts presented in the briefings have been accurate and thoughtful, some of the officials’ statements have caused confusion and concern.
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San Diego County schools don’t want kids going hungry but fear they’re not always succeeding

 April 13, 2020


As people continue to lose income in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, tenants and landlords fear a domino effect in San Diego’s already strained housing market.
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Photos: Coronavirus brings San Diego a week of isolation in the rain

 April 10, 2020


Photos from our work the past week show how property owners, renters and healthcare workers are all facing new challenges from the pandemic.
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San Diego tenants and landlords fear financial ruin amid COVID-19 pandemic

 April 10, 2020


As people continue to lose income in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, tenants and landlords fear a domino effect in San Diego’s already strained housing market.
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San Diego County asks hospitals to ‘follow crisis strategies’ to conserve medical gear

 April 4, 2020


A new San Diego County’s health advisory depicts the most dire scene yet of the region’s shortage of protective gear for medical workers treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Photos: COVID-19 transforms life in San Diego

 April 3, 2020


This is the third week of us bringing you scenes of San Diego County as we cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The photos show everything from how a liquor store owner is trying to protect himself from the coronavirus to life in a retirement community.
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Living in isolation with coronavirus: A San Diego military wife’s story

 April 3, 2020


Lindsay Hartmann is an active 38-year-old who lives with her Marine husband and two toddler sons. So when she started having chest pains on March 18, she knew something was off.
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County buys another 41,000 bandanas as San Diego enacts new face-covering rules

 April 2, 2020


As San Diego County issues new rules for wearing face coverings in public, officials are purchasing another 41,000 bandanas to distribute to homeless and vulnerable people in need of protection.
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Mapping populations at highest risk of COVID-19 complications in San Diego County

 April 2, 2020


As novel coronavirus cases rise in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that certain populations are at higher risk of developing severe illness if they contract the respiratory virus.
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San Diego could run out of hospital beds. Universities may offer up their dorms.

 April 1, 2020


The University of California San Diego and other public colleges across the state may open their campus housing to hospital patients as the coronavirus pandemic tests the capacity of the healthcare system.
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Equipment malfunction at San Diego VA may have sent airborne COVID-19 into ICU

 March 30, 2020

A malfunction that occurred in the San Diego VA hospital’s isolation rooms may have exposed patients and staff in the ICU to the novel coronavirus.

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San Diego County homeless shelter staffing, supplies stretched thin in COVID-19 era

 March 29, 2020

Homeless shelters in the San Diego region are now being stretched thin as they scramble to meet the needs of the vulnerable people they serve every day.

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Two San Diego VA clinics still not screening patients for COVID-19, inspectors find

 March 28, 2020

A report by the VA inspector general’s office reveals shortcomings at the San Diego VA in its efforts to combat the novel coronavirus, including a failure to screen all patients for virus symptoms, a shortage of nurses on staff and limited supplies.

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Photos: Life in San Diego amidst coronavirus

 March 27, 2020

As the San Diego region adapts to life under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order, the changes can be seen everywhere, from our public spaces to our local businesses.

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County purchases 90,000 bandanas as fears of mask shortages escalate

 March 27, 2020

A family-owned Mission Valley screen printing company has begun selling bulk orders of bandanas to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and San Diego County was first in line to make a purchase.

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How the coronavirus might worsen California’s nurse shortage

 March 27, 2020

San Diego State University’s nursing program, along with others across California, have pulled their students from clinical experiences in hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic. While the decision greatly reduces the risk that nursing students will contract and spread COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, it creates a new set of problems.

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California’s fishing industry another victim of coronavirus, including in San Diego

 March 25, 2020

The true economic impact of the novel coronavirus is a long way from being determined, but it has likely already affected every industry in San Diego — including the one that helped define the region.

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Budget fears mount for local governments and schools facing massive COVID-19 unknowns

 March 24, 2020

Leaders of local governments and school districts across San Diego County and the state are bracing for budget challenges as coronavirus takes hold.

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‘Irresponsible’ mask restrictions endanger medical staff as COVID-19 spreads, workers say

 March 23, 2020

As the coronavirus escalates in San Diego, hospitals have put restrictions on protective respirator masks to conserve their stockpiles.

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The struggle in San Diego to get COVID-19 safety gear for healthcare clinics

 March 23, 2020

San Diego County officials say they’re providing healthcare facilities with all the medical supplies they need during the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, but community health centers that cater to low-income and uninsured patients are still having to look elsewhere.

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The week in photos: How coronavirus has changed life in San Diego

 March 20, 2020

The coronavirus has dramatically changed life in the San Diego region. From city council meetings to closed schoolyards, photojournalist Zoë Meyers has been capturing news and events that show how our community has been transformed.

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Imperial County not waiting for coronavirus to spread before taking action

 March 19, 2020

For Luis Olmedo, environmental justice work must continue during a pandemic — especially in Imperial County.

The executive director of Comite Civico de Valle was on his way Tuesday morning to a county Air Pollution Control Board meeting, where he planned to watch on his phone outside and wait to enter the building until his organization’s agenda item came up. He was doing his part to help stop the spread of coronavirus by keeping his distance from others.

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Some San Diego shelters again open to new homeless people

 March 19, 2020

As of Thursday morning, the homeless shelter run by Veterans Village of San Diego and Alpha Project’s shelter at 17th Street and Imperial Avenue have begun accepting new people, Ashley Bailey, a spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office, said.

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