Coronavirus summary | May 27: A plan to test children, their families | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children

Rady Children’s Hospital and the county announced a collaboration on Wednesday that will dramatically expand testing for the novel coronavirus. The goal is to test as many as 2,000 children and their families daily.

Testing will be offered during regular office visits and urgent or emergency care treatment at the hospital and its satellite locations across the county. The initiative’s current capacity is 400 tests per day, but the number is expected to grow over the next six months.

The broad and massive testing effort has the potential to show just how deeply the virus has penetrated the region, the U-T’s Paul Sisson reported. Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, noted that some studies say children may have a higher-than-average ability to carry the virus without showing any symptoms.

Also announced Wednesday was a plan by San Diego biotech company PhaseBio to launch a clinical trial of an experimental drug that might keep COVID-19 patients off ventilators by reducing airway inflammation and tissue damage. The trial of PB1046 could begin by the end of June. The company hopes to have results by late fall.

The county on Wednesday reported 101 new COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths, pushing the region’s total cases to 6,983 and the local death toll to 255. The new cases represented 3 percent of 3,021 tests reported to the county Tuesday.

On the first day that salons and barbershops were allowed to reopen across the county, owners rejoiced in the ability to do business again, but some said they were caught off guard by the announcement and needed to stock up on supplies, set safety protocols and take other steps before reopening.

Customers sit outside the Leucadia Barber Shop in Encinitas on Wednesday, the first day salons were allowed to reopen since the COVID-19 shutdown.

(Eduardo Contreras – U-T)

“We got the guidelines on the same day we were allowed to reopen,” said Marc Kulch, who owns Salon on 30th in South Park.

While not all spots reopened Wednesday, U-T reporters Brittany Meiling and Lauren Mapp found that clients were already inquiring about appointments, creating a queue that may make it hard to get a haircut immediately.

According to a new report, 28 instances of discrimination and verbal or physical threats against members of the county’s Asian and Pacific Islander community were reported in the past two months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the incidents, reported through May 13, occurred at businesses, but others took place in public spots, such as parks.

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San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez (left) and other community leaders on Wednesday denounced racist attacks against the region’s Asian and Pacific Islander residents.

(Andrea Lopez-Villafana – U-T )

In response to the report, issued by the Los Angeles-based Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, the San Francisco-based Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, leaders in San Diego held a virtual news conference to denounce the acts.

“No human being should have the experience of discrimination as a result of (a) virus,” San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez said.


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