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.
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 email@example.com
Latest Update May 25, 2020, 9.30 a.m.
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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: 5,449,135. Total deaths: 345,721. Total recoveries: 2,188,200.
- United States: Total confirmed cases: 1,647,741. Total deaths: 97,811. Total recoveries: 366,736.
- California: Total confirmed cases: 90,631. Total deaths: 3,708.
- The reported numbers reflect the previous day’s data.
- Three months into California’s battle with the coronavirus, there are growing signs that the outbreak is ebbing even as the state death toll continues to climb past 3,400. Across California, hospitalizations have dropped more than 15% from its peak six weeks ago. (The Los Angeles Times)
- Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and capable of spreading the virus to others.
- No clear projections for reduction in social distancing protocols.
- California’s stay-at-home order is in place until six indicators have been met.
- California is now in Stage 2 of reopening. Retail with curbside pickup and delivery only, manufacturing, logistics and other essential businesses can open under new state guidance.
- Los Angeles County’s stay-at-home order is extended indefinitely.
Table 1. County-level confirmed cases, deaths, and case-fatality rates.
|County||Confirmed Cases||Deaths||Case-fatality rate per 1,000||Total Population|
Case-fatality rates may be biased due to undercounts in both cases and deaths.
- Total of 44988 cases across LA County, including 2104 deaths.
- For the previous 24 hours, 62 new deaths and 1936 new cases.
Cities in Claremont’s neighborhood
Total number of cases: 775
Table 2. Confirmed cases in Claremont and neighboring cities
|City||Total Confirmed Cases||Total Population|
COVID-19 restrictions have eliminated some 30 percent of jobs in Los Angeles County, affecting 1.2 million workers. Losses have been most acute for lower wage industries, with roughly one in three lost jobs coming from industries with median pay under $30,000 per year. (Paul Bogaardt et al. IPRC Working Paper)
State and federal unemployment benefits provide many eligible individuals earning less than $50,000 a year with benefits exceeding their income. Higher income earners experience reduced monthly earnings. (Paul Bogaardt et al. IPRC Working Paper)
- Small businesses are challenged to meet fixed operating costs such as rent, mortgage payments and insurance. Businesses need clear rules and coordinated responses across governments to reopen from the epidemic effectively. (RAND)
- Programmers and other digital technologists bring code to bear against the novel coronavirus. New anti-COVID-19 tools and technologies must be fully accessible to everyone, while respecting digital privacy and personal autonomy. (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
- In addition to widespread job losses and reductions in work hours, families with children face challenges related to school and childcare closures necessitated by the pandemic, with growing disparities by family income and race/ethnicity. (Urban Institute)
- While the issue is getting another look from lawmakers, it’s not clear whether a divided and distracted Congress will be able to reach a consensus on how best to regulate the vast amounts of data collected by digital contact tracing tools and other pandemic response efforts. (STAT)
- The Federal Reserve is ready to use all available tools to help the U.S. economy endure the coronavirus pandemic, as attention shifts to whether politically divided Congress will agree to more fiscal aid. (Bloomberg) See Testimony of the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs here.
- California is the first state to provide financial relief to undocumented immigrants as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. A $125-million disaster relief fund creates partnership with philanthropic organizations. (California Department of Social Services)
Latest research news
- COVID-19 severity correlates with patient age, lymphocytopenia, and cytokine storm. Viral genetic evolution does not significantly affect clinical outcomes. (Nature)
- An antibody identified in the blood from a patient who recovered from SARS in 2003 has been shown experimentally to neutralize SARS-CoV2. (SciTechDaily)
- An ecological study that included data from more than 3,000 US counties found that COVID-19 death rates were higher in areas with greater long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM2,5). (Xiao Wu et al. Harvard University)
- Studying large COVID-19 clusters is difficult. Many countries have not collected the kind of detailed contact tracing data needed. And effective shutdowns have impeded researchers attempting to study superspreading events. (Science)
- Americans who rely on the White House coronavirus task force for news coverage negatively assess media and are more likely to downplay the pandemic. (Pew Research Center)
- Medical examiners are stepping up postmortem testing to determine whether non-hospital deaths are related to coronavirus. (Kaiser Health News)
Credits: Sources for today’s Daily Briefing include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, Orange County Health Care Agency, Ventura County Health Care Agency, Riverside University Health System-Public Health, and Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.