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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest Update November 16, 2020, 09.00 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: 54,563,236. Total deaths: 1,319,882. Total recoveries: 35,058,846.
- United States: Total confirmed cases: 11,065,237. Total deaths: 246,526. Total recoveries: 4,185,463.
- California: Total confirmed cases: 1,019,345. Total deaths: 18,253.
- Virus transmission in Los Angeles County is rated as widespread by the governor’s reopening regime, which places LA county in Tier 1 and keeps higher education and K-12 schools closed. Schools are permitted to open to stable groups of no more than 12 students with disabilities, students requiring instruction for English as a second language and students needing other specialized in-school services. Many businesses and services are allowed to reopen if performed outdoors with modifications. (Los Angeles Times)
- Los Angeles County is still in the strictest level of the state’s four-tier economic-reopening roadmap. The county’s recent testing positivity rate is low enough to qualify the county to move up to a less-restrictive tier, but the average daily number of new cases needs to drop to about 700 per day before any movement will occur. (NBC)
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 339640 cases across LA County, including 7269 deaths.
- For the previous 24 hours, 3 new deaths and 3010 new cases.
Cities in Claremont’s neighborhood
Total number of cases: 14644
Table 2. Confirmed cases in Claremont and neighboring cities
|City||Total Confirmed Cases||Total Population|
- Rural hospitals cannot afford ultra-cold freezers to store the leading COVID-19 vaccine, which has to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius. The CDC has advised state health departments against purchasing ultra-cold freezers – which cost $10,000 to $15,000 each – saying other vaccines with less demanding storage requirements will be available soon. The Pfizer company said it is committed to working closely with local government and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to have access to the vaccine. (STAT)
- The drug maker Pfizer announced Monday that its coronavirus vaccine appears more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among volunteers. No serious safety concerns have been observed. Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of the two-dose vaccine later this month and manufacture enough doses to immunize 15 million to 20 million people by the end of this year. (New York Times)
Congressional Democrats face a loss of leverage in negotiations over a new COVID-19 relief bill, as Senate Republicans appear set to hold the majority and push for a smaller aid package of $500 billion or less, without direct stimulus checks or large-scale aid to state and local governments. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday plans to reinvigorate stimulus talks in a bipartisan manner. (Bloomberg)
- Newsom overstepped his authority in June when he required vote-by-mail ballots be sent to the state’s 21 million registered voters. A Sutter County Superior Court judge also issued an injunction barring the governor from taking executive action that “changes existing statutory law or makes new statutory law or legislative policy,” rebuking a governor who has relied heavily on executive orders to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Los Angeles Times)
- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is expected to adopt a Manual on Testing and Cross Border Risk Management Measures to mitigate onboard COVID-19 transmission. The manual will offer technical guidance for the use of reliable tests when screening passengers ahead of flights, and its implementation by countries will be voluntary, without the obligation to remove quarantines. (Asia Times Financial)
Latest research news
- Analysis of mobile-phone data to track human contacts at highly clustered urban venues might effectively guide policy decisions about reopening and explain infection disparities. Integrating mobility data into epidemiological surveillance systems should become routine as we rebuild such surveillance systems to incorporate the lessons of this pandemic. (Kevin C. Ma and Marc Lipsitch Nature)
- The FDA issued an emergency use authorization Monday for the Eli Lilly and Company monoclonal antibody therapy to treat mild to moderate coronavirus infections in adults and children. The single antibody treatment, called bamlanivimab, must be infused in a hospital or other health care setting. It is the first monoclonal antibody to be authorized for use in treating coronavirus. (CNN)
- Scientists raise concerns that wide-ranging symptoms of COVID-19 disease are related to damaged lining of blood vessels, or endothelium. The virus attacks the endothelial cells directly, or endothelial cells sustain collateral damage along the way as the immune system reacts, and sometimes overreacts, to the invading virus. (NPR)
- The artificial-intelligence (AI) algorithm developed by MIT has correctly – with 98.5 percent success rate – identified people with COVID-19 only by the sound of their coughs. The researchers would need regulatory approval to develop it into an app. (BBC News)
- A study involving more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients in Houston finds that the virus that causes the disease is accumulating genetic mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious. At least one mutation allows the virus’s spike to evade a neutralizing antibody that humans naturally produce to fight SARS-CoV-2 infections. The good news is that this mutation is rare and does not appear to make the disease more severe for infected patients. (The University of Texas at Austin News)