These 25 powerful images show California’s new reality

The lights are on but the Santa Monica Pier is closed to the public. Gov. Gavin Newson has ordered California residents to stay home as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
The lights are on but the Santa Monica Pier is closed to the public. Gov. Gavin Newson has ordered California residents to stay home as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

California’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases keeps growing, and officials say it is understated due to the lack of tests for the virus. Testing has picked up, but health officials say they still don’t have anything close to a firm estimate of how many people are infected.

Hikers walk past the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park
Hikers walk past the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park
(Wally Sklaij/Los Angeles Times)
A pair of visitors wearing masks walk along Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, where shops were closed and streets largely devoid of people.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

California entered the weekend with coronavirus deaths rising, orders for most residents to stay at home to slow the spread and already desperate hospitals bracing for more patients that officials fear will overwhelm the state’s healthcare system.

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The Walt Disney Concert Hall is dark. The popular entertainment venue has temporarily shut down as a safety precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
The lights are on but the Santa Monica Pier is closed to the public.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A couple walks alone on Santa Monica Beach as rain falls from storm clouds in the distance.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A couple wait for a bus outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A woman uses a smartphone to record the scene along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, where shops were closed and streets largely devoid of people on March 20.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A handful of visitors walk on a largely deserted Santa Monica Beach.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Xiao Ping, holding a tray of eggs, looks back at the long line of egg buyers in Chino. People started lining up early at Maust's California Poultry in Chino.
Xiao Ping, holding a tray of eggs, looks back at the long line of egg buyers in Chino. People started lining up early at Maust’s California Poultry in Chino.
(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)
Shuttered shops line Windward Avenue in Venice Beach.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A postal carrier is reflected in the window of a shop in Chinatown, which was largely deserted.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A young man drives a sports car down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, where shops were closed and streets largely devoid of people and motor traffic.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Commuter protect themselves with a face mask while riding a bus at El Monte Metro Station.
(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)
A surfer walks past shuttered shops on Windward Avenue in Venice Beach.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A vendor sits along the empty boardwalk at Venice Beach.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A man with a mask waits alone on the platform of the Metro Hollywood/Highland station in Hollywood.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
School buses sit since all schools have been closed in L.A. County.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
The city of Santa Monica closed the pier, and few people were on the beach.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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At the Cal Marketplace downtown only a few people eat outside, where normally it would be packed.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
The basketball courts at Roybal Learning Center are empty with schools closed due to the coronavirus.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
The intersection of the 101 and 110 freeways in downtown Los Angeles.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
An aerial view of an empty Westfield Topanga mall parking lot.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

California’s landscape of everyday life is changing under the state’s stay-home order. These drone photos prove it.

Riverside County medical personnel administer a coronavirus test to a driver at a drive-though testing facility at Diamond Stadium.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Griffith Park had lots of visitors March 21. People tried to maintain social distancing, but didn't always succeed.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)