Coronavirus: IPRC Updates

COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, has spread fast, locally and globally, threatening health and ways of living across nations. Impacts are felt in politics, economics, public health and social interactions.

The Inequality and Policy Research Center (IPRC) is uniquely positioned to engage intersections of this historic event due to our location within the epicenter of Los Angeles/West Coast and the university’s vantage point facing the Pacific.

Daily Briefing

IPRC aggregates content from government and leading institutions engaged in the global effort to curtail the coronavirus pandemic. The Center delivers original content from Claremont Graduate University researchers and creates graphic content in GIS modeling.

Contributors: Claudia Caceres, MS; Giacomo Di Pasquale, MA; Nicole Gatto, PhD; Javier Rodriguez, PhD, and Rena Salayeva, PhD. For more, contact Rena Salayeva at

Latest Update August 13, 2020, 09.00 a.m.

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COVID-19 Updates

For live updates on COVID-19 at the state level, county level and the Claremont neighborhood, you can check our new COVID-19 Claremont Graduate University Dashboard.

  • Global: Total confirmed cases: 20,672,105. Total deaths: 750,490. Total recoveries: 12,863,984.
  • United States: Total confirmed cases: 5,204,792. Total deaths: 166,148. Total recoveries: 1,755,225.
  • California: Total confirmed cases: 586,056. Total deaths: 10,468.
    • California Governor  Newsom ordered statewide closure of indoor businesses, including bars, dine-in restaurants, movie theaters and museums, as well as fitness clubs, malls, places of worship and personal care services in more than 30 counties with increased COVID-19 cases. Impacted areas include Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties. (CNBC)
    • Coronavirus continued its deadly increase, with Arkansas, California, Florida, Montana, Oregon and Texas reporting single-day records for coronavirus deaths on Tuesday. Texas passed the 400,000 mark for total confirmed cases since the outbreak began in late winter. California health officials say Latinos make up more than half its cases. (Reuters)
    • Los Angeles County on July 19 saw the highest number of new hospitalizations reported in a day, with 2,216 people hospitalized, surpassing the 2,193 hospitalizations seen on July 15. The majority of newly reported COVID-19 cases were among people under 41 years old.
    • COVID-19 deaths and cases in California are currently on the rise and trending to double every 24.8 days. (The Los Angeles Times)
    • California is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. On June 23-24, the daily number of coronavirus cases increased by almost 12,700 new infections. (The Los Angeles Times)
    • The reported numbers reflect the previous day’s data.
    • Florida reported 15,299 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours on Sunday, setting a new record for the largest number of new reported cases in a state in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous record stood at 11,571 reported cases in New York on April 14, when the state was the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. (CBS News)
    • California coronavirus deaths topped 7,000 over the weekend, marking the two deadliest days since the start of the pandemic.
    • No clear projections for reduction in social distancing protocols.
    • California is entering Stage 3 of reopening, allowing religious gatherings of up to 100 attendees, hotels, movie theaters, gyms, malls and personal care services in most counties. Most state parks and campgrounds remain closed. (The Los Angeles Times)
    • Gov. Newsom ordered Californians to wear face coverings in public places and at work, as well as outdoors when it is impossible to stay six feet apart from others. (CalMatters) See Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings here.
    • Los Angeles County has entered Phase 3 of reopening businesses and recreation facilities. (KTLA5) See what is open as of June 12 here.

County-level statistics

Table 1. County-level confirmed cases, deaths, and case-fatality rates.

County Confirmed Cases Deaths Case-fatality rate per 1,000 Total Population
Los Angeles 214197 5109 24.2 10,039,107
San Bernardino 38290 555 14.1 2,180,085
Orange 41823 745 18.0 3,175,692
Ventura 8790 93 10.2 846,006
Riverside 43983
19.4 2,470,546

Case-fatality rates may be biased due to undercounts in both cases and deaths

LA County

  • Total of 214197 cases across LA County, including 5109 deaths.
  • For the previous 24 hours, 52 new deaths and 2389 new cases.

Cities in Claremont’s neighborhood

Total number of cases: 8634

Table 2. Confirmed cases in Claremont and neighboring cities

City Total Confirmed Cases Total Population
Claremont 291 36,478
La Verne 357 32,206
Pomona 4357 152,361
Montclair 836 39,437
Rancho Cucamonga 1950 177,751
Upland 975 77,000


  • California’s Santa Clara County is among the first to offer waivers to K-6 schools allowing them to bring students back to the classroom. Gov. Newsom has mandated that schools must request permission to teach in-person in counties on the state’s coronavirus watchlist. (The Mercury News)
  • Hospitals are unduly burdened by the Trump Administration’s action to shift COVID-19 reporting of state hospitalizations from CDC to a third party TeleTracking. The action is resulting in reporting delays, data discrepancies and undermining of national standardization, public health officials warned, and called for CDC data experts to continue their work. (The New York Times)
  • The nation’s governors raised bipartisan concerns Monday about the cost and administrative burden of recent presidential executive orders for unemployment relief. The executive orders set $400 weekly benefits but require states to apply for the federal funds and pay 25 percent of the cost. (The Washington Post)
  • Addressing COVID-19 in an increasingly urbanized world requires a focus on how urbanization shapes longer-term recovery. Improving spatial inequalities in cities, through innovation, digitalization, and green transformation, and strengthening local capacities, are necessary for recovery and resilience. (United Nations)
  • Digital technologies supporting public-health responses to COVID-19 include population surveillance, case identification, contact tracing and evaluation of interventions on the basis of mobility data and communication with the public. But digital tools are not silver bullets, and create their own problems of legal, ethical and privacy barriers to implementation. (Nature)
  • State Data Report, a joint report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, summarizes publicly reported data from 49 states, NYC, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam showing the best publicly available data on COVID 19 cases in children. Among the findings: An overall rate of 447 child COVID-19 cases per 100,000 children in the population; children represent 8.8 percent of all available cases, and 25 states reported 10 percent or more cases, while former coronavirus epicenter New York City reported 3 percent or fewer cases were children. (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Latest research news

  • A study published in Science could explain the extraordinary range and severity of COVID-19 symptoms. The study found that the immune systems of roughly half of subjects appeared to remember past exposure to other coronaviruses, including variants of the common cold, equipping them to respond more quickly to a COVID-19 infection once it appeared. The findings also offer new insights that could help in developing a vaccine by looking at T cells. (McClatchy)
  • A large-scale randomized text messaging experiment in India promoted health behavior for COVID-19 prevention, including increased reporting of symptoms to the local health workers and a greater adherence to social distancing and hygiene. The experiment also demonstrated positive spillover effects of messaging onto non-recipients within the same community. (Abhijit Banerjee et al. NBER)
  • The United States has a narrow opportunity to subdue COVID-19 before matters get much worse. Unless Americans use the weeks between now and the onset of winter earnestly to tamp down transmission, cold weather indoor living likely will cause a bleak season of winter illness. (STAT)
  • The number of reported coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 5 million on Sunday, double the number since the end of June, the Washington Post reported. The 5 million mark comes just 17 days after the U.S. total exceeded 4 million, and reported U.S. cases have doubled since late June, peaking on July 17 with 76,491 cases in a single day. The United States leads the world with a quarter of all global infections. Brazil and India follow, according to the Post, with 3 million and 2.1 million reported infections, respectively. (The Washington Post)
  • Will vaccines against COVID-19 be less effective for obese adults than the general population? Maybe so, obesity researchers say, explaining that vaccines are known to be less protective for influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus and rabies in obese adults. (Kaiser Health News)
  • The CDC has updated guidance after testing positive for COVID-19 by reducing the isolation time to 10 days after symptoms begin and for 24 hours after fever has broken without the use of fever-reducing medications. The CDC also released new findings  that COVID-19 can result in prolonged illness, even among previously healthy young adults with no underlying chronic medical conditions. (JAMA Health Forum)

The COVID Tracking Project

Protect Public Data Hub by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator by Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, the George Washington University

California COVID-19 statistics by county

Los Alamos National Laboratory COVID-19 Forecasts 

Paul Bogaardt et al. IPRC Working Paper

CDC Provisional Death Counts for COVID-19: Data Updates by Select Demographic and Geographic Characteristics

NBER Working papers on COVID-19 and Economics

Census COVID-19 Impact Report

CDC COVID-19 Forecasts

Johns Hopkins University CSSE international map

RAND State Policy Evaluation Tool: The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions

Map of California Counties advancing to Stage 2 of reopening

Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

COVID-19 Projections by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

COVID-19 Projections by the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium

Our World in Data COVID-19 Statistics and Research

Estimation of COVID-19 epidemic evaluation by the SIR model by Milan Batista (2020), fitVirusCOVID19

Imperial College London COVID-19 Behavior Tracker

Penn Wharton Budget Model

Kaiser Family Foundation Data Tool

RAND Tool for Estimating Critical Care Capacity

NBER Working papers on COVID-19 and Economics

Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Papers on COVID-19

COVID-19 Research and Information from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, University of Chicago

The Trump Administration’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again