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Andrea Cardenas, a candidate for the Chula Vista City Council on Thursday announced she has tested positive for COVID-19. She made the announcement on her Facebook page. 

"Before anything else, I want to say that I am currently at home and recovering fairly well. Neither the doctors or myself foresee any complications so I’m staying cautiously optimistic," she wrote in her post. 

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A nurse who works at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 25th. The nurse has been isolated San Diego News at home since March 22nd after feeling ill. 

San Diego County Sheriff's Department Detention Services Bureau has identified all inmates and staff who may have come into close contact with this nurse. Clinical face to face interactions between this nurse and inmates were done with the nurse wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Nine employees are considered at a low exposure risk. As of March 26th, and out of an abundance of caution, these employees were told to self-quarantine at home. 

Out of the more than 4,300 Sheriff's Department Press Release Distribution Services In San Diego employees, 31 have reported flu-like symptoms and have self-quarantined. 

In addition to the nurse, two others have undergone testing under orders of their medical provider. Those two results are pending. 

To date, no inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 in San Diego County Jails.

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Scientists at Scripps Research and UC San Diego are looking for COVID-19 survivors to help develop a treatment for the deadly illness.

They want to collect antibodies from the blood of patients who are one to two months into recovery.

The antibodies can be used to produce an antibody-drug as a treatment, as well as a coronavirus vaccine down the road.

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