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Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Foster Youth Services in Response to COVID-19
Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed an executive order that allows for temporary waivers to certain foster youth programs to ensure continuity of care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The executive order will allow county child welfare agencies and probation departments to perform necessary functions using alternative processes other than face-to-face interactions.

This includes allowance for a 60-day waiver to allow for flexibility in the emergency placement of foster youth and ensures that foster youth have access to critical programs and technology by verifying foster care status for foster youth and wards of the San Diego News juvenile court whose cases are pending.

San Diego Comic-Con International is canceled for 2020
Comic-Con International announced Friday it is canceling this year's San Diego Comic-Con in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 celebration -- which had been scheduled for July 23-26 -- would have been the 51st iteration of the convention, one of San Diego's largest and most lucrative conventions. In 2019, more than 130,000 people attended.

Organizers said the event will return next year to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25. Read the full story here.

Business, labor, politics have role in California task force
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is turning to the leaders of some of the country's biggest companies, labor unions and political allies for help as he confronts the economic devastation brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom announced on Friday the Task Force of Business and Jobs Recovery.

Some observers are surprised Newsom appointed Tom Steyer, a billionaire philanthropist and former Democratic presidential contender, to lead the task force. He'll share duties with Newsom's chief of staff.

The creation of the task force comes after 3.1 million of California's nearly 40 million residents have filed for unemployment. 

California's unemployment rate soars, but worst yet to come
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has lost 100,000 jobs as the coronavirus pandemic has forced the closure of nonessential businesses. A new report from the California Employment Development Department shows California's unemployment rate hit 5.3% in March.

But the numbers are just a glimpse of what is to come. The job losses are based on a survey taken the week that included March 12. Most of the state's job losses came after that date. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a mandatory stay-at-home order on March 19.

California had job losses in six of the state's 11 industry sectors. The biggest losses were in the leisure and hospitality industry.

Mayor Faulconer, Supervisor Cox announce group to plan reactivation of economy
City and county elected officials on Friday announced the creation of an advisory group that will develop strategies for an eventual phased re-opening of San Diego's economy, which has been largely shuttered due to COVID-19-related public health orders.

The San Diego Economic Recovery Advisory Group will begin meeting Monday to develop a framework for reopening the region for business once it is deemed safe. Read the full story here.

San Diego County death toll rises to 70
There are 2,158 total cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County out of the 30,246 people that have been tested as of Friday.

70 people have died, which represents 3.2% of the total cases.

UC San Diego Health begins tests looking for COVID-19 antibodies
Physicians and scientists at UC San Diego Health announced they Press Release Distribution Service In San Diego began a pair of tests to find novel coronavirus antibodies. They are looking specifically at people who have previously been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the viral cause of COVID-19, even if they never experienced telltale symptoms. Read the full story here.

Trump gives states 3-phase plan to reopen economy as governors decide next steps
President Trump gave governors a road map Thursday for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out "a phased and deliberate approach" to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases.

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