Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


W.M. Keck Science Department


COVID-19, or coronavirus disease, is a zoonotic acute respiratory disease caused by a β-coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Within Santa Clara County, California there are densely populated areas where homeless communities tend to concentrate. I conducted a Literature Review analyzing papers documenting COVID-19’s effects in patients with comorbidities, and the disease’s spread within Bay Area homeless shelters. I also drew data directly from the Santa Clara County data portal, overlaid homeless coronavirus deaths onto a homeless density map, and determined the amount of covid deaths of homeless individuals corresponded with comorbidities. Finally, using data from the SF, SCC, and Alameda County data portals, I graphed cumulative cases or deaths in each county over time. There was little discernible overlap between homeless coronavirus deaths and homeless density based on zip code in SCC. However, other population dense areas, such as homeless shelters, encountered severe COVID-19 outbreaks. In the majority of homeless deaths in SCC, individuals had comorbidities in addition to coronavirus infection. These included: diabetes, hypertension, obesity.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.