Coronavirus Impact: Live updates for March 26, 2020

Young people may be more susceptible to COVID-19 than officials initially thought, CDC says
Posted at 9:51 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 21:26:24-04

Latest news and updates on the coronavirus pandemic for March 26, 2020:

(6:22 p.m.)
San Diego County reports 341 coronavirus cases
By Mark Saunders
-- 341 San Diego County residents have tested positive for coronavirus, county health officials said Thursday. The county is no longer listing non-resident cases in its daily count.

Thursday's current case count marks an increase of 64 resident cases since Wednesday.

So far, three people have died in San Diego County due to the coronavirus.


(6:22 p.m.)
California reports more than 3,000 coronavirus cases
By Mark Saunders
-- California has reported 3,006 positive cases and 65 deaths in California (including one non-California resident) as of Thursday.

Of that, 826 cases have been identified as community-acquired, while 2,120 cases are listed as person-to-person transmission, travel (including cruise ship passengers), repatriation, or under investigation.


(2:43 p.m.)
San Diego County reports third death due to coronavirus
By Mark Saunders
-- San Diego County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nick Yphantides told reporters Thursday the county has reported its third local death due to the coronavirus — an 87-year-old woman.

"It is clear in the context of what is going on that we now have what I would call substantial transmission occurring here in our county," Yphantides said. "If you look at it from a viral strom perspective, we are still in the eye of that storm."

In San Diego County, there are 277 San Diego residents and 20 non-residents with coronavirus, including two infant cases. Yphantides adds that the local health system capacity "is still very, very, not only strong, but it seems to be enhanced."

(12:20 p.m.)
SDPD chief says some officers exposed to virus
By Mark Saunders
-- In an interview with 10News, San Diego police Chief David Nisleit acknowledged that some officers have been quarantined as they await results of COVID-19 testing.

Nisleit said, “We’re waiting for results on five officers, those officers are isolated right now … We have some officers who are showing symptoms and we have some who are isolated because they’ve been exposed.”


CDC: Young people may be more susceptible to COVID-19 than initially thought
-- A new report from the Centers fo Disease Control and Prevention concludes that young people may be more susceptible to becoming critically ill from the coronavirus that previously thought.

New data from the CDC shows 40 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are between age 20-54.


Former California gubernatorial candidate contracts virus
By City News Service
-- John Cox, the Rancho Santa Fe resident who ran for California governor in 2018, said he tested positive for COVID-19.

The 64-year-old Cox, who lost the election to Gavin Newsom, said, "I decided to go public with this diagnosis to muster support for defeating this without destroying our way of life."


U.S. coronavirus death toll reaches 1,000
By Alex Hider, Scripps National
-- Deaths linked to the novel coronavirus have surpassed 1,000 in the United States as cases in the country near 70,000, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins.

About 15,000 people in the U.S. were confirmed to have the virus as of Thursday morning.


Fauci warns of second cycle of coronavirus
By Justin Boggs, Scripps National
-- Immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said it is possible that the coronavirus returns in a second wave and stressed the importance of a vaccine.

Fauci said, “What we’re starting to see in the Southern Hemisphere of Southern Africa and the Southern Hemisphere countries, is that we’re having cases that are appearing as they go into their winter season. If they have a substantial outbreak, it will be inevitable that we need to be prepared that we’ll get a cycle a second time.”


12-year-old girl with COVID-19 shows signs of improvement
By Scripps National
-- An Atlanta girl is responding well to treatment after testing positive for coronavirus. The girl was diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this month but tested positive for the virus days later. The girl's family previously said they don't know how she contracted the virus.