COVID-19 pandemic in California

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COVID-19 pandemic in California
COVID-19 rolling 14day Prevalence in California by county.svg
Map of the outbreak in California by confirmed new infections per 100,000 people (14 days preceding March 5)
  1,000+
  500–1,000
  200–500
  100–200
  50–100
  20–50
  10–20
  0–10
  No confirmed new cases or no/bad data
COVID-19 Prevalence in California by county.svg
Map of the outbreak in California by confirmed total infections per 100,000 people (as of March 5)
  10,000+
  3,000–10,000
  1,000–3,000
  300–1,000
  100–300
  30–100
  0–30
  No confirmed infected or no data
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationCalifornia, U.S
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseOrange County
Arrival dateJanuary 25, 2020[1]
Confirmed cases3,451,176 (JHU)[2]
3,371,556 (CDPH)[3]
Suspected casesAt least 221,000 in April 2020[4][5]
Hospitalized cases11,045 (confirmed)
820 (suspected)[3]
Critical cases2,996 (confirmed)
95 (suspected)[3]
Deaths
45,496 (JHU)[2]
45,456 (CDPH)[3]
45,436 (Google News)
Government website
cdph.ca.gov/covid19
Suspected cases have not been confirmed by laboratory tests as being due to this strain, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

Ten of the first twenty confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States occurred in California, the first of which was confirmed on January 26, 2020.[6][7][8] All of the early confirmed cases were persons who had recently travelled to China, as testing was restricted to this group. On January 29, 2020, as disease containment protocols were still being developed, the U.S. Department of State evacuated 195 persons from Wuhan, China aboard a chartered flight to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, and in the process may have contributed to spread within the state and the US at large.[9] [10] On February 5, 2020, the U.S. evacuated 345 more citizens from Hubei Province to two military bases in California, Travis Air Force Base in Solano County and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, where they were quarantined for 14 days.[9][11] A state of emergency was declared in the state on March 4, 2020 and as of February 24, 2021 remains in effect. A mandatory statewide stay-at-home order was issued on March 19, 2020 that was ended on January 25, 2021.[12]

As of March 2, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has reported 3,573,181 confirmed cumulative cases and 52,487 deaths in the state,[13] the highest number of confirmed cases in the United States, and the 25th-highest number of confirmed cases per capita. It has the highest count of deaths related to the virus, and the 33rd-highest count of deaths per capita.[14][15][16] As of March 3, 2021, California administered 9,731,169 COVID-19 vaccine doses, the largest number of doses nationwide, but lagging other states in terms of per capita dose administration.[17] The slow initial rollout of vaccinations, along with the timing and scope of state COVID-19 restrictions, triggered a wide-scale effort to recall the Governor in early 2021.[18]

California is the origin of the B.1.427 and B.1.429 / CAL.20C variants of SARS-CoV-2, which as of March 2021, accounts for 11% and 24% of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, respectively.[19][20]

Timeline[edit]

COVID-19 cases in California, United States  ()
     Deaths        Confirmed cases
2020202020212021
JanJanFebFebMarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJanFebFebMarMar
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-01-26 2(n.a.)
2(=)
2020-01-31 3(+50%)
2020-02-01 3
2020-02-02 6(+100%)
6(=)
2020-03-04 53(+783%) 1(n.a.)
2020-03-05 60(+13%) 1(=)
2020-03-06
69(+15%) 1(=)
2020-03-07
88(+28%) 1(=)
2020-03-08
114(+30%) 1(=)
2020-03-09
133(+17%) 1(=)
2020-03-10
157(+18%) 2(+100%)
2020-03-11
177(+13%) 3(+50%)
2020-03-12
198(+12%) 4(+33%)
2020-03-13
247(+25%) 5(+25%)
2020-03-14
335(+36%[i]) 6(+20%)
2020-03-15
392(+17%) 6(=)
2020-03-16
472(+20%) 11(+83%)
2020-03-17
598(+27%) 13(+18%)
2020-03-18
675(+13%) 16(+23%)
2020-03-19
1,006(+49%) 19(+19%)
2020-03-20
1,224(+22%[ii]) 23(+21%)
2020-03-21
1,468(+20%) 27(+17%)
2020-03-22
1,733(+18%) 27(=)
2020-03-23
2,102(+21%) 40(+48%)
2020-03-24
2,535(+21%) 53(+32%)
2020-03-25
3,006(+19%) 65(+22%)
2020-03-26
3,801(+26%) 78(+20%)
2020-03-27
4,643(+22%) 101(+29%)
2020-03-28
4,643 101
2020-03-29
5,763(+24%[iii]) 135(+34%)
2020-03-30
6,932(+20%[iv]) 150(+11%)
2020-03-31
8,155(+18%) 171(+14%)
2020-04-01
9,191(+13%) 203(+19%)
2020-04-02
10,701(+16%) 237(+17%)
2020-04-03
12,026(+12%) 276(+16%)
2020-04-04
13,438(+12%) 319(+16%)
2020-04-05
14,336(+6.7%) 343(+7.5%)
2020-04-06
15,865(+11%) 374(+9.0%)
2020-04-07
16,957(+6.9%) 442(+18%)
2020-04-08
18,309(+8.0%) 492(+11%)
2020-04-09
19,472(+6.4%) 541(+10%)
2020-04-10
20,615(+5.9%) 609(+13%)
2020-04-11
21,794(+5.7%) 651(+6.9%)
2020-04-12
22,348(+2.5%) 687(+5.5%)
2020-04-13
23,338(+4.4%) 758(+10%)
2020-04-14
24,424(+4.7%) 821(+8.3%)
2020-04-15
26,182(+7.2%) 890(+8.4%)
2020-04-16
27,528(+5.1%) 985(+11%)
2020-04-17
28,963(+5.2%) 1,072(+8.8%)
2020-04-18
30,333(+4.7%) 1,166(+8.8%)
2020-04-19
30,978(+2.1%) 1,208(+3.6%)
2020-04-20
33,261(+7.4%) 1,268(+5.0%)
2020-04-21
35,396(+6.4%) 1,354(+6.8%)
2020-04-22
37,369(+5.6%) 1,469(+8.5%)
2020-04-23
39,254(+5.0%) 1,562(+6.3%)
2020-04-24
41,137(+4.8%) 1,651(+5.7%)
2020-04-25
42,164(+2.5%) 1,710(+3.6%)
2020-04-26
43,464(+3.1%) 1,755(+2.6%)
2020-04-27
45,031(+3.6%) 1,809(+3.1%)
2020-04-28
46,500(+3.3%) 1,887(+4.3%)
2020-04-29
48,917(+5.2%) 1,982(+5.0%)
2020-04-30
50,442(+3.1%) 2,073(+4.6%)
2020-05-01
52,197(+3.5%) 2,171(+4.7%)
2020-05-02
53,616(+2.7%) 2,215(+2.0%)
2020-05-03
54,937(+2.5%) 2,254(+1.8%)
2020-05-04
56,212(+2.3%) 2,317(+2.8%)
2020-05-05
58,815(+4.6%) 2,412(+4.1%)
2020-05-06
60,614(+3.1%) 2,504(+3.8%)
2020-05-07
62,512(+3.1%) 2,585(+3.2%)
2020-05-08
64,561(+3.3%) 2,678(+3.6%)
2020-05-09
66,680(+3.3%) 2,745(+2.5%)
2020-05-10
67,939(+1.9%) 2,770(+0.91%)
2020-05-11
69,382(+2.1%) 2,847(+2.8%)
2020-05-12
71,141(+2.5%) 2,934(+3.1%)
2020-05-13
73,164(+2.8%) 3,032(+3.3%)
2020-05-14
74,936(+2.4%) 3,108(+2.5%)
2020-05-15
76,793(+2.5%) 3,204(+3.1%)
2020-05-16
78,839(+2.7%) 3,261(+1.8%)
2020-05-17
80,430(+2.0%) 3,302(+1.3%)
2020-05-18
81,795(+1.7%) 3,334(+0.97%)
2020-05-19
84,057(+2.8%) 3,436(+3.1%)
2020-05-20
86,197(+2.5%) 3,542(+3.1%)
2020-05-21
88,444(+2.6%) 3,630(+2.5%)
2020-05-22
90,631(+2.5%) 3,708(+2.1%)
2020-05-23
92,710(+2.3%) 3,774(+1.8%)
2020-05-24
94,558(+2.0%) 3,795(+0.56%)
2020-05-25
96,733(+2.3%) 3,814(+0.50%)
2020-05-26
98,980(+2.3%) 3,880(+1.7%)
2020-05-27
101,697(+2.7%) 3,973(+2.4%)
2020-05-28
103,886(+2.2%) 4,068(+2.4%)
2020-05-29
106,878(+2.9%) 4,156(+2.2%)
2020-05-30
110,583(+3.5%) 4,213(+1.4%)
2020-05-31
113,006(+2.2%) 4,251(+0.90%)
2020-06-01
115,310(+2.0%) 4,286(+0.82%)
2020-06-02
117,687(+2.1%) 4,361(+1.7%)
2020-06-03
119,807(+1.8%) 4,422(+1.4%)
2020-06-04
122,901(+2.6%) 4,485(+1.4%)
2020-06-05
126,016(+2.5%) 4,559(+1.6%)
2020-06-06
128,812(+2.2%) 4,626(+1.5%)
2020-06-07
131,319(+1.9%) 4,653(+0.58%)
2020-06-08
133,489(+1.7%) 4,697(+0.95%)
2020-06-09
136,191(+2.0%) 4,776(+1.7%)
2020-06-10
139,281(+2.3%) 4,881(+2.2%)
2020-06-11
141,983(+1.9%) 4,943(+1.3%)
2020-06-12
145,643(+2.6%) 4,989(+0.93%)
2020-06-13
148,855(+2.2%) 5,064(+1.5%)
2020-06-14
151,452(+1.7%) 5,089(+0.49%)
2020-06-15
153,560(+1.4%) 5,121(+0.63%)
2020-06-16
157,015(+2.2%) 5,208(+1.7%)
2020-06-17
161,099(+2.6%) 5,290(+1.6%)
2020-06-18
165,416(+2.7%) 5,360(+1.3%)
2020-06-19
169,309(+2.4%) 5,424(+1.2%)
2020-06-20
173,824(+2.7%) 5,495(+1.3%)
2020-06-21
178,054(+2.4%) 5,515(+0.36%)
2020-06-22
183,073(+2.8%) 5,580(+1.2%)
2020-06-23
190,222(+3.9%) 5,632(+0.93%)
2020-06-24
195,571(+2.8%) 5,733(+1.8%)
2020-06-25
200,461(+2.5%) 5,812(+1.4%)
2020-06-26
206,433(+3.0%) 5,872(+1.0%)
2020-06-27
211,243(+2.3%) 5,905(+0.56%)
2020-06-28
216,550(+2.5%) 5,936(+0.52%)
2020-06-29
222,917(+2.9%) 5,980(+0.74%)
2020-06-30
232,657(+4.4%) 6,090(+1.8%)
2020-07-01
240,195(+3.2%) 6,163(+1.2%)
2020-07-02
248,235(+3.3%) 6,263(+1.6%)
2020-07-03
254,745(+2.6%) 6,313(+0.8%)
2020-07-04
260,155(+2.1%) 6,331(+0.3%)
2020-07-05
271,684(+4.4%) 6,337(+0.1%)
2020-07-06
277,774(+2.2%) 6,448(+1.8%)
2020-07-07
289,468(+4.2%) 6,562(+1.8%)
2020-07-08
296,499(+2.4%) 6,711(+2.3%)
2020-07-09
304,297(+2.6%) 6,851(+2.1%)
2020-07-10
312,344(+2.6%) 6,945(+1.4%)
2020-07-11
320,804(+2.7%) 7,014(+1.0%)
2020-07-12
329,162(+2.6%) 7,040(+0.4%)
2020-07-13
336,508(+2.2%) 7,087(+0.7%)
2020-07-14
347,634(+3.3%) 7,227(+2.2%)
2020-07-15
356,178(+2.5%) 7,345(+1.6%)
2020-07-16
366,164(+2.8%) 7,475(+1.8%)
2020-07-17
375,363(+2.5%) 7,595(+1.6%)
2020-07-18
384,692(+2.4%) 7,685(+1.2%)
2020-07-19
391,538(+1.8%) 7,694(+0.1%)
2020-07-20
400,769(+2.4%) 7,755(+0.8%)
2020-07-21
413,576(+3.2%) 7,870(+1.5%)
2020-07-22
425,616(+2.9%) 8,027(+2%)
2020-07-23
435,334(+2.3%) 8,186(+2%)
2020-07-24
445,400(+2.3%) 8,337(+1.8%)
2020-07-25
453,659(+1.9%) 8,416(+0.9%)
2020-07-26
460,554(+1.5%) 8,445(+0.34%)
2020-07-27
466,550(+1.3%) 8,518(+0.86%)
2020-07-28
475,305(+1.9%) 8,715(+2.3%)
2020-07-29
485,502(+2.1%) 8,909(+2.2%)
2020-07-30
493,588(+1.7%) 9,005(+1.1%)
2020-07-31
500,130(+1.3%) 9,224(+2.4%)
2020-08-01
509,162(+1.8%) 9,356(+1.4%)
2020-08-02
514,901(+1.1%) 9,388(+0.34%)
2020-08-03
519,427(+0.88%) 9,501(+1.2%)
2020-08-04
524,722(+1%) 9,703(+2.1%)
2020-08-05
529,980(+1%) 9,869(+1.7%)
2020-08-06
538,416(+1.6%) 10,011(+1.4%)
2020-08-07
545,787(+1.4%) 10,189(+1.8%)
2020-08-08
554,160(+1.5%) 10,293(+1%)
2020-08-09
561,911(+1.4%) 10,359(+0.64%)
2020-08-10
574,411(+2.2%) 10,468(+1.1%)
2020-08-11
586,056(+2%) 10,648(+1.7%)
2020-08-12
593,141(+1.2%) 10,808(+1.5%)
2020-08-13
601,075(+1.3%) 10,996(+1.7%)
2020-08-14
613,689(+2.1%) 11,147(+1.4%)
2020-08-15
621,562(+1.3%) 11,224(+0.69%)
2020-08-16
628,031(+1%) 11,242(+0.16%)
2020-08-17
632,667(+0.74%) 11,342(+0.89%)
2020-08-18
638,831(+0.97%) 11,523(+1.6%)
2020-08-19
644,751(+0.93%) 11,686(+1.4%)
2020-08-20
650,336(+0.87%) 11,821(+1.2%)
2020-08-21
656,892(+1%) 11,988(+1.4%)
2020-08-22
663,669(+1%) 12,134(+1.2%)
2020-08-23
668,615(+0.75%) 12,152(+0.15%)
2020-08-24
673,095(+0.67%) 12,257(+0.86%)
2020-08-25
679,099(+0.89%) 12,407(+1.2%)
2020-08-26
683,529(+0.65%) 12,550(+1.2%)
2020-08-27
688,858(+0.78%) 12,690(+1.1%)
2020-08-28
693,839(+0.72%) 12,834(+1.1%)
2020-08-29
699,909(+0.87%) 12,905(+0.55%)
2020-08-30
704,085(+0.6%) 12,933(+0.22%)
2020-08-31
707,797(+0.53%) 13,018(+0.66%)
2020-09-01
712,052(+0.6%) 13,163(+1.1%)
2020-09-02
717,177(+0.72%) 13,327(+1.2%)
2020-09-03
722,283(+0.71%) 13,490(+1.2%)
2020-09-04
727,239(+0.69%) 13,643(+1.1%)
2020-09-05
732,144(+0.67%) 13,709(+0.48%)
2020-09-06
735,235(+0.42%) 13,726(+0.12%)
2020-09-07
737,911(+0.36%) 13,758(+0.23%)
2020-09-08
739,527(+0.22%) 13,841(+0.6%)
2020-09-09
742,865(+0.45%) 13,978(+0.99%)
2020-09-10
746,191(+0.45%) 14,089(+0.79%)
2020-09-11
750,298(+0.55%) 14,251(+1.1%)
2020-09-12
754,923(+0.62%) 14,329(+0.55%)
2020-09-13
757,778(+0.38%) 14,385(+0.39%)
2020-09-14
760,013(+0.29%) 14,451(+0.46%)
2020-09-15
762,963(+0.39%) 14,615(+1.1%)
2020-09-16
766,201(+0.42%) 14,721(+0.73%)
2020-09-17
769,831(+0.47%) 14,812(+0.62%)
2020-09-18
774,135(+0.56%) 14,912(+0.68%)
2020-09-19
778,400(+0.55%) 14,987(+0.5%)
2020-09-20
781,694(+0.42%) 15,018(+0.21%)
2020-09-21
784,324(+0.34%) 15,071(+0.35%)
2020-09-22
787,470(+0.4%) 15,204(+0.88%)
2020-09-23
790,640(+0.4%) 15,314(+0.72%)
2020-09-24
794,040(+0.43%) 15,398(+0.55%)
2020-09-25
798,237(+0.53%) 15,532(+0.87%)
2020-09-26
802,308(+0.51%) 15,587(+0.35%)
2020-09-27
805,263(+0.37%) 15,608(+0.13%)
2020-09-28
807,425(+0.27%) 15,640(+0.21%)
2020-09-29
810,625(+0.4%) 15,792(+0.97%)
2020-09-30
813,687(+0.38%) 15,888(+0.61%)
2020-10-01
817,277(+0.44%) 15,986(+0.62%)
2020-10-02
819,436(+0.26%) 16,074(+0.55%)
2020-10-03
823,729(+0.52%) 16,120(+0.29%)
2020-10-04
826,784(+0.37%) 16,149(+0.18%)
2020-10-05
828,461(+0.2%) 16,177(+0.17%)
2020-10-06
831,225(+0.33%) 16,288(+0.69%)
2020-10-07
834,800(+0.43%) 16,361(+0.45%)
2020-10-08
838,606(+0.46%) 16,428(+0.41%)
2020-10-09
842,776(+0.5%) 16,500(+0.44%)
2020-10-10
846,579(+0.45%) 16,564(+0.39%)
2020-10-11
850,028(+0.41%) 16,572(+0.05%)
2020-10-12
852,406(+0.28%) 16,581(+0.05%)
2020-10-13
855,072(+0.31%) 16,639(+0.35%)
2020-10-14
858,401(+0.39%) 16,757(+0.71%)
2020-10-15
861,476(+0.36%) 16,830(+0.44%)
2020-10-16
864,455(+0.35%) 16,899(+0.41%)
2020-10-17
867,317(+0.33%) 16,943(+0.26%)
2020-10-18
870,791(+0.4%) 16,970(+0.16%)
2020-10-19
874,077(+0.38%) 16,992(+0.13%)
2020-10-20
877,784(+0.42%) 17,027(+0.21%)
2020-10-21
880,724(+0.33%) 17,189(+0.95%)
2020-10-22
886,865(+0.7%) 17,262(+0.42%)
2020-10-23
892,810(+0.67%) 17,311(+0.28%)
2020-10-24
898,029(+0.58%) 17,345(+0.2%)
2020-10-25
901,010(+0.33%) 17,357(+0.07%)
2020-10-26
904,198(+0.35%) 17,400(+0.25%)
2020-10-27
908,713(+0.5%) 17,475(+0.43%)
2020-10-28
912,904(+0.46%) 17,541(+0.38%)
2020-10-29
916,918(+0.44%) 17,571(+0.17%)
2020-10-30
922,005(+0.55%) 17,626(+0.31%)
2020-10-31
926,534(+0.49%) 17,667(+0.23%)
2020-11-01
930,628(+0.44%) 17,672(+0.03%)
2020-11-02
934,672(+0.43%) 17,686(+0.08%)
2020-11-03
940,010(+0.57%) 17,752(+0.37%)
2020-11-04
944,576(+0.49%) 17,815(+0.35%)
2020-11-05
951,094(+0.69%) 17,866(+0.29%)
2020-11-06
956,957(+0.62%) 17,939(+0.41%)
2020-11-07
964,639(+0.8%) 17,963(+0.13%)
2020-11-08
971,851(+0.75%) 17,977(+0.08%)
2020-11-09
977,218(+0.55%) 18,001(+0.13%)
2020-11-10
984,682(+0.76%) 18,070(+0.38%)
2020-11-11
991,609(+0.7%) 18,108(+0.21%)
2020-11-12
998,502(+0.7%) 18,137(+0.16%)
2020-11-13
1,008,377(+0.99%) 18,218(+0.45%)
2020-11-14
1,019,345(+1.1%) 18,253(+0.19%)
2020-11-15
1,029,235(+0.97%) 18,263(+0.05%)
2020-11-16
1,037,978(+0.85%) 18,299(+0.2%)
2020-11-17
1,047,789(+0.95%) 18,360(+0.33%)
2020-11-18
1,059,267(+1.1%) 18,466(+0.58%)
2020-11-19
1,072,272(+1.2%) 18,557(+0.49%)
2020-11-20
1,087,714(+1.4%) 18,643(+0.46%)
2020-11-21
1,102,033(+1.3%) 18,676(+0.18%)
2020-11-22
1,110,370(+0.76%) 18,726(+0.27%)
2020-11-23
1,125,699(+1.4%) 18,769(+0.23%)
2020-11-24
1,144,049(+1.6%) 18,875(+0.56%)
2020-11-25
1,158,689(+1.3%) 18,979(+0.55%)
2020-11-26
1,171,324(+1.1%) 19,033(+0.28%)
2020-11-27
1,183,320(+1%) 19,089(+0.29%)
2020-11-28
1,198,934(+1.3%) 19,121(+0.17%)
2020-11-29
1,212,968(+1.2%) 19,141(+0.1%)
2020-11-30
1,225,189(+1%) 19,211(+0.37%)
2020-12-01
1,245,948(+1.7%) 19,324(+0.59%)
2020-12-02
1,264,539(+1.5%) 19,437(+0.58%)
2020-12-03
1,286,557(+1.7%) 19,582(+0.75%)
2020-12-04
1,311,625(+1.9%) 19,791(+1.1%)
2020-12-05
1,341,700(+2.3%) 19,876(+0.43%)
2020-12-06
1,366,435(+1.8%) 19,935(+0.3%)
2020-12-07
1,389,707(+1.7%) 20,047(+0.56%)
2020-12-08
1,420,558(+2.2%) 20,243(+0.98%)
2020-12-09
1,450,235(+2.1%) 20,463(+1.1%)
2020-12-10
1,485,703(+2.4%) 20,622(+0.78%)
2020-12-11
1,521,432(+2.4%) 20,847(+1.1%)
2020-12-12
1,551,766(+2%) 20,969(+0.59%)
2020-12-13
1,585,044(+2.1%) 21,046(+0.37%)
2020-12-14
1,617,370(+2%) 21,188(+0.67%)
2020-12-15
1,671,081(+3.3%) 21,481(+1.4%)
2020-12-16
1,723,362(+3.1%) 21,860(+1.8%)
2020-12-17
1,764,374(+2.4%) 22,160(+1.4%)
2020-12-18
1,807,982(+2.5%) 22,432(+1.2%)
2020-12-19
1,854,456(+2.6%) 22,593(+0.72%)
2020-12-20
1,892,348(+2%) 22,676(+0.37%)
2020-12-21
1,925,007(+1.7%) 22,923(+1.1%)
2020-12-22
1,964,076(+2%) 23,284(+1.6%)
2020-12-23
2,003,146(+2%) 23,635(+1.5%)
2020-12-24
2,042,290(+2%) 23,947(+1.3%)
2020-12-25
2,072,665(+1.5%) 23,983(+0.15%)
2020-12-26
2,122,806(+2.4%) 24,220(+0.99%)
2020-12-27
2,155,976(+1.6%) 24,284(+0.26%)
2020-12-28
2,187,221(+1.4%) 24,526(+1%)
2020-12-29
2,218,142(+1.4%) 24,958(+1.8%)
2020-12-30
2,245,379(+1.2%) 25,386(+1.7%)
2020-12-31
2,292,568(+2.1%) 25,971(+2.3%)
2021-01-01
2,345,909(+2.3%) 26,357(+1.5%)
2021-01-02
2,391,261(+1.9%) 26,538(+0.69%)
2021-01-03
2,420,894(+1.2%) 26,635(+0.37%)
2021-01-04
2,452,334(+1.3%) 27,003(+1.4%)
2021-01-05
2,482,226(+1.2%) 27,462(+1.7%)
2021-01-06
2,518,611(+1.5%) 28,045(+2.1%)
2021-01-07
2,568,641(+2%) 28,538(+1.8%)
2021-01-08
2,621,277(+2%) 29,233(+2.4%)
2021-01-09
2,670,962(+1.9%) 29,701(+1.6%)
2021-01-10
2,710,801(+1.5%) 29,965(+0.89%)
2021-01-11
2,747,288(+1.3%) 30,513(+1.8%)
2021-01-12
2,781,039(+1.2%) 31,102(+1.9%)
2021-01-13
2,816,969(+1.3%) 31,654(+1.8%)
2021-01-14
2,859,624(+1.5%) 32,291(+2%)
2021-01-15
2,900,246(+1.4%) 32,960(+2.1%)
2021-01-16
2,942,475(+1.5%) 33,392(+1.3%)
2021-01-17
2,973,174(+1%) 33,593(+0.6%)
2021-01-18
2,996,968(+0.8%) 33,739(+0.43%)
2021-01-19
3,019,371(+0.75%) 34,433(+2.1%)
2021-01-20
3,039,044(+0.65%) 35,004(+1.7%)
2021-01-21
3,062,068(+0.76%) 35,768(+2.2%)
2021-01-22
3,085,040(+0.75%) 36,361(+1.7%)
2021-01-23
3,109,151(+0.78%) 36,790(+1.2%)
2021-01-24
3,136,158(+0.87%) 37,118(+0.89%)
2021-01-25
3,153,186(+0.54%) 37,527(+1.1%)
2021-01-26
3,169,914(+0.53%) 38,224(+1.9%)
2021-01-27
3,186,610(+0.53%) 38,961(+1.9%)
2021-01-28
3,205,947(+0.61%) 39,578(+1.6%)
2021-01-29
3,224,374(+0.57%) 40,216(+1.6%)
2021-01-30
3,243,348(+0.59%) 40,697(+1.2%)
2021-01-31
3,258,706(+0.47%) 40,908(+0.52%)
2021-02-01
3,270,770(+0.37%) 41,330(+1%)
2021-02-02
3,281,271(+0.32%) 41,811(+1.2%)
2021-02-03
3,294,447(+0.4%) 42,466(+1.6%)
2021-02-04
3,308,468(+0.43%) 43,024(+1.3%)
2021-02-05
3,320,862(+0.37%) 43,647(+1.4%)
2021-02-06
3,335,926(+0.45%) 43,942(+0.68%)
2021-02-07
3,346,340(+0.31%) 44,150(+0.47%)
2021-02-08
3,354,591(+0.25%) 44,477(+0.74%)
2021-02-09
3,362,981(+0.25%) 44,995(+1.2%)
2021-02-10
3,371,556(+0.25%) 45,456(+1%)
2021-02-11
3,381,615(+0.3%) 46,002(+1.2%)
2021-02-12
3,391,036(+0.28%) 46,435(+0.94%)
2021-02-13
3,399,878(+0.26%) 46,843(+0.88%)
2021-02-14
3,406,365(+0.19%) 47,043(+0.43%)
2021-02-15
3,412,057(+0.17%) 47,107(+0.14%)
2021-02-16
3,416,147(+0.12%) 47,507(+0.85%)
2021-02-17
3,421,720(+0.16%) 47,924(+0.88%)
2021-02-18
3,428,518(+0.2%) 48,344(+0.88%)
2021-02-19
3,435,186(+0.19%) 48,825(+0.99%)
2021-02-20
3,441,946(+0.2%) 49,105(+0.57%)
2021-02-21
3,446,611(+0.14%) 49,338(+0.47%)
2021-02-22
3,450,058(+0.1%) 49,563(+0.46%)
2021-02-23
3,455,361(+0.15%) 49,877(+0.63%)
2021-02-24
3,460,326(+0.14%) 50,991(+2.2%[v])
2021-02-25
3,465,726(+0.16%) 51,382(+0.77%)
2021-02-26
3,470,877(+0.15%) 51,821(+0.85%)
2021-02-27
3,475,562(+0.13%) 51,979(+0.3%)
2021-02-28
3,479,078(+0.1%) 52,194(+0.41%)
2021-03-01
3,481,611(+0.07%) 52,497(+0.58%)
2021-03-02
3,484,963(+0.1%) 52,775(+0.53%)
2021-03-03
3,488,467(+0.1%) 53,048(+0.52%)
2021-03-04
3,493,126(+0.13%) 53,448(+0.75%)
2021-03-05
3,497,578(+0.13%) 53,866(+0.78%)
Sources:
  • "Updates from California Department of Public Health". cdph.ca.gov.

Notes:

  1. ^ On March 14, 2020, CDPH started reporting the numbers as of 6 PM instead of 8 AM. More cases may be reported due to a longer reporting interval that is more than 24 hours (i.e. 34 hours).
  2. ^ On March 20, 2020, CDPH started reporting the numbers as of 2 PM instead of 6 PM. Fewer cases may be reported due to a shorter reporting interval that is less than 24 hours (i.e. 20 hours).
  3. ^ CDPH did not report data on March 28, 2020. As a result, the reporting interval on March 29, 2020 is for 2 days (or 48 hours).
  4. ^ On March 30, 2020, CDPH stopped reporting the exact time in which the statistics were tallied.
  5. ^ The jump in deaths on February 24, 2021 was due to 806 backlogged deaths from Los Angeles County.

On January 26, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case in California. The person, who had returned from travel to Wuhan, China, was released from the hospital in Orange County on February 1 in good condition to in-home isolation.[21] On January 31, the CDC confirmed the state's second case, a man in Santa Clara County, who had recently traveled to Wuhan.[22] The man recovered at home and was released from in-home isolation on February 20.[23]

On January 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of State evacuated 195 of its employees, their families, and other U.S. citizens from Hubei Province aboard a chartered flight to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County.[24] On February 2, the CDC confirmed the state's third case in a woman in Santa Clara County, California, who had recently traveled to Wuhan.[25] On the same day, the CDC reported the country's tenth and eleventh cases in San Benito County, including the second instance of human-to-human transmission.[26] On February 5, the U.S. evacuated 345 citizens from Hubei Province and took them to two air bases in California, Travis Air Force Base in Solano County and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, to be quarantined for 14 days.[24][27]

On February 6, 2020, a woman from San Jose, California, became the first COVID-19 death in the U.S., though this wasn't discovered until April 2020. The case indicated community transmission was happening undetected in the state and the U.S., most likely since December.[28][29] On February 15, the government evacuated 338 U.S. nationals stranded aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which had been held in quarantine in Yokohama, Japan.[30] Fourteen of those repatriated people were infected with the virus.[31] Five more nationals who were also reported as being infected were evacuated from the ship the following week, and were quarantined at Travis Air Force Base; several more cases among the evacuees were later confirmed.[32]

On February 26, 2020 a case of unknown origin was confirmed in a resident of Solano County.[33][34] The UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento said that when the person was transferred there on February 19, the medical team suspected it was COVID-19 and asked the CDC to test for SARS-CoV-2. The CDC initially refused since the person, who had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual, did not meet the criteria for testing. The person was ultimately tested on February 23; the test results returned positive on February 26.[35] After this first confirmed case of community transmission in the U.S.,[36] the CDC revised its criteria for testing patients for SARS-CoV-2, and on February 28, 2020 began sending out the new guidelines for healthcare workers.[37]

On March 2, 2020, amidst concerns over the spread of coronavirus in the state, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency in California.[38] On March 24, a teenager who tested positive and died in Lancaster, part of Los Angeles County, appeared to have become the first individual in the U.S. under the age of 18 to die of COVID-19.[39] It was initially reported that the 17-year-old boy was denied health care at an urgent care clinic because he did not have health insurance; he was then transported from that clinic to Antelope Valley Hospital, during which time he went into cardiac arrest.[40] In reality, the boy did have insurance and contacted Kaiser Permanente who told him to instead go to Antelope Valley Hospital. In transit, the patient coded and six hours of efforts in the emergency room were ultimately not successful in reviving him. Los Angeles County Public Health officials said they asked the CDC to investigate alternative causes of death.[41]

On June 18, 2020, Newsom ordered a statewide mask mandate due to the rising number of cases and deaths, requiring citizens to wear masks or other coverings in most public spaces with a few exceptions. Many local governments had previously dropped mandatory mask-wearing measures.[42] On July 9, he reported a new record number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state.[43] By July 22, California surpassed 409,000 COVID-19 cases, surpassing New York for the most in the nation.[44]

On August 19, 2020, Dr. Sonia Y. Angell resigned as the CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. Governor Gavin Newsom indicated Angell's resignation was related to data issues with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE) system that resulted in nearly 300,000 backlogged COVID-19 test results.[45] On August 10, 2020, Sandra Shewry was appointed as acting director and Dr. Erica Pan, California state epidemiologist, was named acting state public health officer.[46]

By September 3, 2020, Hispanic and Latino Americans comprised up to 60 percent of COVID-19 cases in the state, ostensibly due to the large population of the demographic and many of them being a part of the essential workforce.[47] Filipino Americans were the second-most affected, in part due to a high percentage of workers in healthcare on the frontlines, and as well as having a very high percentage of essential work.[48]

On October 26, 2020, San Francisco and Oakland phased out Google's sister company Verily's COVID-19 testing system following concerns about patients’ data privacy and complaints about its funding, which despite intention to boost testing in low-income Black and Latino neighborhoods was benefiting higher-income residents in other communities.[49]

On December 30, 2020, a confirmed case of a new, more contagious SARS-CoV-2 variant from the United Kingdom was reported in California. The patient is from Southern California, according to the announcement from Newsom.[50] On January 6, 2021, the CDC announced that it had found at least 26 confirmed cases of the more contagious SARS-CoV-2 variant in California.[51] As of March 2, 2021, 189 sequences in the B.1.1.7 lineage have been detected in California since the lineage was first identified.[52]

As of 2 March 2021, 1,608 sequences in the B.1.427 lineage and 3,903 sequences in the B.1.429 lineage have been detected in California.[19][20]

Equipment shortage[edit]

California formerly had a strategic stockpile of medical supplies for responding to epidemics. In 2006, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered creation of an epidemic-ready medical equipment stockpile, including three 200-bed mobile hospitals with 50 million N95 respirators, 2,400 ventilators, and 21,000 additional patient beds.[53]  Governor Jerry Brown cut the budget for warehousing and keeping up the reserve in 2011, responding to the Great Recession economic downturn.[54][55]

Personal protective equipment for healthcare workers[edit]

Nurses protesting a lack of N-95 masks at the UCLA Medical Center on April 13, 2020

As early as January, 2020, a survey by the California Department of Public Health found that many Californian health care providers were having trouble obtaining adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks, gowns, and eye protection.[56] By mid-March, 2020, when Newsom issued the first statewide shelter-in-place order,[57] 220 of 292 California hospitals surveyed already reported that they were having to limit use of masks, often severely.[56] Even with limitations in place, Newsom estimated that California healthcare facilities were still using about 46 million masks each month during the pandemic.[58]

As safety equipment shortages continued throughout the first months of the pandemic,[59] many doctors, nurses and emergency medical service workers expressed fears and frustrations at being asked to reuse safety gear or wear homemade and less effective masks and at the overall lack of proper PPE, which does not provide adequate protection from COVID-19 exposure.[60][61][62][63][64][65] As of July 29, 2020, local agencies reported 127 deaths from a total of 23,513 confirmed positive cases among healthcare workers in California.[66]

Newsom's administration made several attempts to procure masks and other protective equipment for healthcare workers, including:

  • multiple attempts at large-scale mask purchases, including failed deals with Blue Flame Medical (now under investigation by the US Department of Justice),[67][68] and Bear Mountain Development Co.,[69] as well as a successful, if initially delayed, purchase from BYD;[58][70] and
  • a marketplace portal where individuals and businesses could offer PPE for donation or sale, attracting many small donations and fraudulent business posts that overwhelmed the site managers.[71][72][73]

As of July 22, 2020, California's stockpile reached approximately 86 million N-95 masks and 111 million surgical and procedural masks.[58]

Hospitals and ventilators[edit]

The State of California loaned 500 ventilators to high need states in the east and midwest during the pandemic.

At the start of 2020, California had 416 hospitals, yielding a statewide capacity of about 78,000 beds.[74] In mid-March, 2020, when the state was preparing for a surge of COVID-19 cases, Newsom submitted an unfulfilled request for 10,000 ventilators from the federal government.[74] The state government continued to acquire ventilators, but was able to flatten the curve enough that on April 6, 2020, California donated 500 ventilators to the Strategic National Stockpile for use in other states.[75] As of July 13, 2020, hospitals statewide report that 36% of ICU beds were available still, as were 72% of ventilators. However, the hardest-hit counties were quickly reaching capacity, and reportedly borrowing ventilators from neighboring hospitals to meet demand.[76]

Community response[edit]

A sign of community support for Tuolumne County in a shop window in Jamestown, California on May 30, 2020

In March 2020, there were calls for crowdsourcing on social media, to donate any masks, goggles, or other equipment to healthcare professionals.[77]

On March 22, Major Bay Area medical centers, UCSF and Stanford Health Center placed a called to action for donations of personal protective equipment.[78]

Local public health offices started coordinating donation efforts.[79]

Maker Nexus, a non-profit maker space in Sunnyvale, began making face shields to donate to local hospitals and other health care facilities, using its 3D printers and laser cutters. This effort grew rapidly as individuals in the Bay Area began using home-based 3D printers and bringing the result to Maker Nexus to complete the shields and deliver them to the recipients.[80][81] By the first of April, more than 300 community members were using their home 3D printers for this effort.[82][83][84] Together with other groups and individuals, the maker space is also making cloth face masks to substitute for N95 masks in non-critical applications and helping to coordinate face mask deliveries.[85] California had no central coordination of informing about vaccinations, and was among the worst at vaccine distribution efficiency in the U.S., with only 37 percent of its 4.4 million doses having been administered by January 20. Volunteers created VaccinateCA, an information website, in January 2021.[86][87]

Government response[edit]

Classifications of counties under Blueprint for a Safer Economy (as of March 2, 2021)[88]
Classification Number of counties Percentage of population represented[A][B] List of counties
Widespread 40 87.08% Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yuba
Substantial 16 12.91% Del Norte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Modoc, Napa, Plumas, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Trinity, Yolo
Moderate 2 0.01% Alpine, Sierra
Minimal 0 0.00%
Timeline for Government Response (State-Issued)
Date Action Taken
March 4, 2020 State of emergency declared.
March 12, 2020 Mass gatherings (over 250 people) and social gatherings (over 10 people) banned.
March 19, 2020 State-wide stay-at-home order issued.
March 24, 2020 Intakes in prisons and juvenile correction centers postponed.
April 1, 2020 Closure of all public and private schools (including institutions of higher education) ordered for the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year.
April 9, 2020 State offered to pay hotel room costs for hospital and other essential workers afraid of returning home and infecting family members.
April 24, 2020 Program to deliver free meals to elderly residents announced.
April 29, 2020 Expansion of the state's Farm to Family program (which helps connect farmers to food banks) announced.
May 6, 2020 Worker's compensation extended for all workers who contracted COVID-19 during the state's stay-at-home order.
May 6, 2020 Property tax penalties waived for residents and small businesses that have been negatively affected by the pandemic.
May 7, 2020 State entered Stage 2 of its 4-stage reopening roadmap.
May 8, 2020 Executive order signed that would send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the general election.
May 18, 2020 Businesses that are part of Stage 3 allowed to reopen.
May 26, 2020 Hair service businesses allowed to reopen (with restrictions).
June 18, 2020 Universal masking guidance issued by Department of Public Health.
June 28, 2020 Bars ordered to close in several counties.
July 1, 2020 Most indoor businesses, including restaurants, wineries, and movie theaters ordered to close in several counties.
July 13, 2020 Closure of gyms, indoor dining, bars, movie theaters, and museums re-imposed.
August 28, 2020 Unveiled a new set of guidelines for lifting restrictions, titled a "Blueprint for a Safer Economy".
August 31, 2020 BSE county-level restrictions take effect. See below for initial classifications. More than 80% of population is under "Widespread" restrictions.
September 29, 2020 Majority of population now under "Substantial" or lower BSE restrictions.[A]
November 10, 2020 Majority of population back up to "Widespread" BSE restrictions.[A]
November 21, 2020 Nighttime curfew implemented for counties under "Widespread" BSE restrictions.
December 3, 2020 Regional stay-at-home orders announced.
January 25, 2021 Nighttime curfew and regional stay-at-home orders lifted.

2020[edit]

February[edit]

On February 10, Santa Clara County declared a local health emergency that would allow health authorities to deploy rapid response in the event of a potential coronavirus case. The state of emergency would be in effect for 30 days.[89] On February 14, San Diego County declared a local health emergency to ensure that the county had the resources needed to respond to the infections. The state of emergency lasted for seven days.[90]

On February 25, the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, declared a state of emergency that would allow city officials to assemble resources and personnel to expedite emergency measures in the event of a potential coronavirus case in the city.[91][92] On February 26, Orange County declared a local health emergency to raise awareness and accelerate emergency planning.[92] On February 27, Solano County declared a local health emergency to bolster response to COVID-19 cases.[93] Newsom announced that, as of February 27, 2020, the number of people being monitored for the virus in California amounted to 8,400.[94]

On February 27, the governor announced that the state was limited in testing for the new coronavirus because it had only 200 testing kits.[95]

March[edit]

A Wireless Emergency Alert sent by Santa Clara County, California about the shelter-in-place order

On March 3, Placer County declared a public health emergency, following the confirmation of a second coronavirus case in that county.[96] On March 4, the governor declared a state of emergency after the first death in California attributable to coronavirus occurred in Placer County.[97][98][99]

On March 7, a family in Elk Grove contracted the virus and was quarantined[100] which led to the school district of Elk Grove decision to close down all schools until March 13.[101] On March 8, Riverside County declared a public health emergency with a case being treated at Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage.[102]

On March 9, Santa Clara County announced that beginning March 11, public gatherings with more than 1,000 people would be banned for a three-week period.[103] On March 10, a resident of a retirement home tested positive in Elk Grove in Sacramento County. County health officials said that they had the capacity to only test 20 people per day and would be focusing all their efforts on the other residents of the retirement home. That resident died from complications of the virus on the same day.[citation needed] Also on March 10, a woman became the first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus in San Diego County, who was being treated at Scripps Green Hospital, with verification of the test results pending from the CDC. The infection was related to overseas travel; she had not been subjected to a 14-day quarantine upon return, indicating that she did not come from one of the "high risk" countries at the time of her return.[104]

On March 12, Newsom announced that mass gatherings (over 250 people) and social gatherings (more than 10 people) were banned until the end of March.[105] He also issued an order to permit the state to commandeer hotels and medical facilities to treat coronavirus patients.[106][107][108][109] On March 13, schools were closed in Marin, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Solano, Placer, and Contra Costa counties, as well as the Oakland, Antioch, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Unified, Chaffey Unified, Etiwanda, Fontana Unified, Ontario-Montclair, Alta Loma Unified, San Diego, Los Alamitos Unified, and Washington Unified school districts. In Santa Clara county, all gatherings of 100 or more people were banned, and gatherings of 35 or more people were banned unless they satisfied public health restrictions.[110][111][112][113][114][excessive citations] Press reports in April suggest that the aggressive early imposition of social-distancing orders by Santa Clara County were the result of community surveillance performed beginning on March 5.[115]

Executive Order N-33-20: the March 19 stay-at-home order from California governor Gavin Newsom

On March 15, Newsom called for voluntary closure of bars and in-home self-isolation of seniors 65 and older, as well as persons at-risk due to underlying conditions.[116] On March 16, the health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties announced, with the City of Berkeley, a legal order directing their respective residents to shelter in place for three weeks beginning midnight March 17 to April 7 in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.[117] The order limited activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs.[118][119][120] The same day, the county of Santa Cruz issued a similar shelter in place order.[121]

On March 17, more counties issued shelter in place orders, including Monterey County (until April 4),[122] San Benito (until April 7),[123] and Sonoma (until April 7).[124] Sacramento County issued a stay-at-home directive, which, unlike a shelter in place order, is not a legal requirement.[125] The federal Defense Secretary said the military would provide up to 5 million respirator masks and also 2,000 ventilators from its reserve.[126]

On March 18, shelter in place orders were issued by Yolo County (until April 7),[127] the city of Fresno (until March 31),[128] Napa County (effective March 20, until April 7)[129] San Luis Obispo County (until April 17),[130] and Mendocino County (until April 7).[131] The Department of Defense said the Navy's hospital ship USNS Mercy is being prepared for deployment in California, "to assist potentially overwhelmed communities with acute patient care".[132]

On March 19, Sacramento County upgraded its stay-at-home directive into an official order that carries legal consequences.[133] Newsom then announced a statewide stay-at-home order.[134][135][136] Newsom said that the state has asked the Department of Defense to deploy the Navy's USNS Mercy hospital ship in California.[137]

On March 21, the Strategic National Stockpile Division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services converted the Santa Clara Convention Center into a Federal Medical Station to receive noncritical patients from local hospitals.[138]

On March 22, President Trump announced that he had directed Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide 8 large federal medical stations with 2,000 beds for California.[139]

On March 24, Newsom passed an executive order to postpone intakes in prisons and juvenile correction centers. The objective was to hinder contamination in the prison system.[140]

On March 24, Mendocino County revised its shelter-in-place order to align with the state order including a stricter list of essential businesses, closure of all parks within Mendocino County, and for the order to be in place until rescinded.[141]

On March 30, the health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties extended the legal order directing their respective residents to shelter in place to May 3.[142]

April[edit]

On April 1, Newsom announced the closure of all public and private schools for the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year, including all institutions of higher education, and directing all schools to "put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning."[143] The University of California system announced that they would temporarily suspend the use of standardized testing for Fall 2021 admissions, and suspend the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter, spring, and summer 2020.[144]

A sign outside a store in Los Angeles County on April 17 requiring all customers to wear face coverings to enter

On April 7, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti announced that in accordance with recent CDC recommendations, it would institute a Worker Protection Order beginning April 10, requiring all employees and customers of stores and essential businesses to wear a face mask. Businesses will have the right to refuse service to customers who do not wear a face mask.[145][146] Newsom announced that the state has secured a deal that will provide upwards of 200 million masks, including 150 million N95 masks, per month to the state.[147]

On April 9, Newsom announced the state would pay for hotel rooms for hospital and other essential workers afraid of returning home and infecting family members.[148]

On April 13, Newsom, together with Oregon governor Kate Brown and Washington governor Jay Inslee, announced the Western States Pact, an agreement to coordinate among the three states to restart economic activity while controlling the outbreak.[149]

On April 15, Newsom announced that undocumented immigrants can receive $500 per adult or $1,000 per household.[150] The total cost will be $75 million that will be distributed by nonprofit organizations.[151]

On April 22, Newsom ordered a review on autopsies of people who died in December 2019 in order to find out when COVID-19 arrived in California.[152]

On April 24, Newsom announced a program that will deliver free meals to elderly residents who meet the program's requirements. This program partners with local restaurants to deliver up to $61 worth of meals per day to each qualified resident. 75% of the program's cost will be covered by FEMA, and the rest will be covered by the state and local governments.[153]

On April 24, Mayor of San Francisco London Breed said the city order's for PPE from China were instead rerouted to France and to FEMA. "We had isolation gowns on the way to San Francisco and then diverted to France," she said. Another order of equipment went through customs and then was "confiscated" by FEMA for other places. She later stated "That at the height of this pandemic we are still having a conversation about PPE really does blow my mind. There has been nothing that has been more frustrating."[154][155][156][157]

On April 29, Newsom announced an expansion of the state's Farm to Family program, which helps connect farmers to food banks. The governor also announced that the state's CalFresh program will continue to send every recipient the maximum amount of benefits for May. Newsom also said that families with kids who can receive free or low-cost lunch at schools could now get up to $365 a month in additional benefits due to the Pandemic-EBT program. Additionally, Newsom announced that EBT cards could be used to buy groceries online on Amazon and Walmart, and the state was encouraging other supermarkets to also accept EBTs for online purchasing.[158]

Person wearing a mask in Chinatown, San Francisco, California.
Person wearing a mask in Chinatown, San Francisco, California

May[edit]

By May, Newsom had come under pressure to reopen, e.g. via over a dozen lawsuits filed by lawyer Harmeet Dhillon, who later credited herself for "large sectors of California's economy opening up much sooner than the governor originally intended."[159]

On May 2, the Washington Post reported that a vitamins executive claimed that (at a previous time not specified in the article) Trump had given him Newsom's phone number for the purpose of persuading the governor to buy hydroxychloroquine as a proposed treatment for COVID-19. Newsom declined the proposal to buy millions of hydroxychloroquine tablets, at cost, from an Indian manufacturer.[160]

On May 6, Newsom signed an executive order to extend workers' compensation for all workers who contracted COVID-19 during the state's stay-at-home order. This order was to be retroactive to March 19, when the state's stay-at-home order was issued. Newsom also signed an executive order that waived property tax penalties for residents and small businesses that have been negatively affected by the pandemic.[161]

On May 7, Newsom announced that the state was moving into Stage 2 of its four-stage reopening roadmap. Stage 2 allows for certain low-risk sectors of the economy to reopen, so long as there are significant safety measures in place.[162]

On May 8, Newsom signed an executive order to send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the 2020 general election.[163]

On May 18, the Department of Public Health announced that counties could selectively reopen types of business that are part of Stage 3 of the state's four-stage reopening roadmap. To reopen certain types of business, a county would attest to its readiness.[164]

On May 26, the Department of Public Health announced that hair service businesses could reopen with restrictions.[165]

June[edit]

On June 5, the Department of Public Health noted that many counties were ready to move ahead into Stage 3 of the state's four-stage reopening roadmap.[166] Stage 3 allows for certain higher-risk businesses to reopen with safety and hygiene modifications like seating capacity and regular cleaning in restaurants, bars, theaters, gyms and hair salons.[167]

On June 12, the Department of Public Health released guidance for expanding the operations of personal care service businesses.[168]

On June 18, the Department of Public Health issued universal masking guidance. Counties may follow this guidance to require the wearing of cloth face coverings by all individuals over the age of 2 in all public indoor settings, and in outdoor settings when social distancing is not possible. Exemptions are provided for restaurants (if social distancing is maintained), inmates, and people with specific medical conditions that prevent their use. Newsom stated that "science shows that face coverings and masks work".[169][170]

By late June, The New York Times observed an "alarming surge in cases" in California that was forcing Newsom to roll back the reopening in several counties.[159]

On June 26, Newsom said he was "committed to intervening" if Imperial County officials did not reimpose stay-at-home orders in the Mexican border region where positive rates averaged 23% while the nationwide average was 5.7%.[171]

On June 28, Newsom ordered bars closed in seven counties: Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings, and Imperial.[172]

July[edit]

On July 1, Newsom ordered the closure of most indoor businesses, including restaurants, wineries, and movie theaters, in Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Ventura counties.[173]

As of July 7, 2020, contact tracers in San Diego had only contacted around 9,000 contacts out of an estimated 170,000 persons who need to be contacted. Some people reportedly become angry when contacted and demand to know who had tested positive. When contact tracers don't reveal this information, sometimes people hang up. They attempt to call them two more times, then mail a letter telling them how to stay safe. They call one more time after a 14-day period to see if the person developed symptoms. San Diego does not have a digital contact tracing app and has delayed plans to develop one, citing that the app would first have to go through multiple reviews for privacy and security.[174]

On July 13, Newsom re-imposed the closure of gyms, indoor dining, bars, movie theaters, and museums, citing an increase in cases.[175][176]

By July 2020, California had the highest number of confirmed cases in the United States. In June, the state surpassed the 200,000 and in July 2020, 300,000 and again, 400,000 mark, about one percent infection rate per population for the state's 40 million residents. When the state rolled back reopening on July 13, the Mexican border county of Imperial was suggested on June 26 by the state government to restore their stay-at-home order.[177]

August[edit]

The State of California's describes wildfire evacuation COVID-19-related protocols in August 2020.

On August 18, San Diego and Santa Cruz were removed from the state watchlist, now consisting of 42 counties.[178] On August 24, Orange, Napa, Calaveras, Mono, and Sierra were removed from the state watchlist.[179]

On August 28, Newsom unveiled the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" — a new set of guidelines for lifting restrictions, designed to be "simple, stringent and slow". The guidelines replace the state watchlist with a four-tiered, color-coded classification system. These levels are based on the number of daily cases per-100,000 residents, and the current test positivity rate. Classifications are updated on Tuesdays; to progress to a lower level, a county must remain within its required metrics for at least 21 days. A county may be rolled back to a higher tier if its numbers trend into its metrics over a 14-day period. These state orders may still be superseded by stricter county health orders.[180][181]

"Blueprint for a Safer Economy" criteria:[180][181][182]
Level Cases per 100K County-wide test positivity Health equity metric Businesses allowed to open (as of February 6, 2021)
Widespread (purple) >7 >8% >8%
Substantial (red) 4–7 5–8% 5.3–8.0% piercing shops, tattoo parlors
indoors: personal care services, fitness/dance/yoga studios, museums/zoos/aquariums, movie theaters, dine-in restaurants
expansion of indoor capacity: stores and shopping malls (25%→50%)
Moderate (orange) 1–3.9 2–4.9% 2.2–5.2% bars/breweries/distilleries (outdoors only)
indoors: gambling venues, family entertainment centers, swimming pools, wineries
expansion of indoor capacity: fitness/dance/yoga studios (10%→25%); museums/zoos/aquariums, places of worship, movie theaters, dine-in restaurants, weddings (25%→50%); stores and shopping malls (no restrictions)
Minimal (yellow) <1 <2% <2.2% saunas/spas/steam rooms
indoors: bars/breweries/distilleries
expansion of indoor capacity: gambling venues, fitness/dance/yoga studios, family entertainment centers, wineries (25%→50%); museums/zoos/aquariums (no restrictions)

Head of Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly stated that "health equity benchmarks" would also be a factor in classifications, with the Department of Public Health listing "data collection, testing access, contact tracing, supportive isolation, and outreach that demonstrate a county's ability to address the most impacted communities within a county" as metrics under this category.[183][184][185]

Initial classifications of counties under Blueprint for a Safer Economy (August 31)[C]
Classification Number of counties Percentage of population represented[A] List of counties
Widespread 38 86.57% Alameda, Amador, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba
Substantial 9 12.13% Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Lassen, Napa, Nevada, San Diego, San Francisco, Sierra
Moderate 9 1.28% Del Norte, Humboldt, Mariposa, Mono, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tuolumne
Minimal 2 0.03% Alpine, Modoc

September[edit]

September 8 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: Amador, Orange, Placer, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz

September 15 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: Inyo, Marin, Tehama

September 22 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: Alameda, Riverside, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Solano
  • Substantial→Moderate: El Dorado, Lassen, Nevada
  • Moderate→Minimal: Mariposa

September 24 BSE reassignment (special):[D]

  • Substantial→Moderate: Sierra

September 29 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Yolo
  • Substantial→Moderate: Amador, Calaveras, San Francisco

As of September 29, 2020, a majority of the state's population is under Substantial or lower restrictions.[A]

October[edit]

In early October, the California government added a new "equity metric" to its Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The equity rule relies on the California Healthy Places Index (HPI), which ranks census tracts in California using 25 factors including median household income, unemployment rate, education, voter turnout, tree coverage, health insurance, alcohol availability, and air and water pollution.[186] For counties with a population above 106,000, the reopening of the entire county depends not only on the countywide infection rate but also on the infection rate within census tracts that score in the lowest quartile on the HPI.[187][188]

October 6 BSE reassignment:

  • Moderate→Substantial: Shasta
  • Substantial→Widespread: Tehama
  • Widespread→Substantial: Merced, Ventura, Yuba
  • Substantial→Moderate: Inyo
  • Moderate→Minimal: Humboldt, Plumas, Siskiyou, Trinity

October 13 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: Colusa, Kern, Kings, San Benito, Stanislaus, Sutter
  • Substantial→Moderate: Alameda, Placer, Santa Clara
  • Moderate→Minimal: Sierra

October 20 BSE reassignment:

  • Substantial→Widespread: Riverside, Shasta
  • Substantial→Moderate: Butte, Napa
  • Moderate→Minimal: San Francisco

October 27 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: Glenn, Mendocino, Shasta
  • Substantial→Moderate: Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz
  • Moderate→Minimal: Calaveras

November[edit]

On November 2, the California Supreme Court had a ruling that involved Sutter County on implementing restrictions on Governor Gavin Newsom's public health emergency powers in the state's 8-month old COVID-19 lockdown.[189]

November 4 BSE reassignment:[E][F]

  • Minimal→Moderate: Plumas, Trinity
  • Moderate→Substantial: Placer
  • Substantial→Widespread: Shasta
  • Substantial→Moderate: Colusa

November 10 BSE reassignment:

  • Minimal→Moderate: Modoc, Siskiyou
  • Moderate→Substantial: Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Santa Cruz
  • Substantial→Widespread: Sacramento, San Diego, Stanislaus

As of November 10, 2020, a majority of the population is back up to Widespread restrictions.[A]

November 16 BSE reassignment:[G]

  • Minimal→Moderate: Calaveras, Sierra
  • Minimal→Substantial: Humboldt, San Francisco
  • Moderate→Substantial: Colusa, Del Norte, Marin, Modoc, Mono, Plumas, San Mateo
  • Moderate→Widespread: Alameda, Butte, Napa, Nevada, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tuolumne
  • Substantial→Widespread: Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Mendocino, Merced, Orange, Placer, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sutter, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba

Effective November 16, the BSE reassignment uses case data from the previous week (as opposed to two weeks ago). The rule prohibiting moving counties up by more than one tier at a time was also dropped.

On November 19, Newsom announced that a curfew—referred to as a "limited stay-at-home order"—would take effect in all counties in the Widespread tier from November 21 to December 21. The order generally restricts all "non-essential work, movement and gatherings" between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. PST nightly.[190][191]

November 24 BSE reassignment:

  • Minimal→Moderate: Alpine, Mariposa
  • Moderate→Substantial: Calaveras
  • Moderate→Widespread: Lassen
  • Substantial→Widespread: Colusa, Del Norte, Humboldt
  • Substantial→Moderate: Modoc

As of November 24, 2020, every county is under Moderate or higher restrictions.

November 28 BSE reassignment:

  • Moderate→Substantial: Alpine, Inyo, Mariposa
  • Moderate→Widespread: Modoc
  • Substantial→Widespread: Calaveras, Lake, Plumas, San Francisco, San Mateo

December[edit]

December 1 BSE reassignment:

  • Substantial→Widespread: Mono

On December 3, Newsom announced a regional stay-at-home order, which divides the state into 5 regions (Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, Southern California). The order will be implemented in any region if the region's ICU capacity falls 15%, and will be in effect for 3 weeks at a time.[192][193][A][194]

  • Northern California (1.73% of population): Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
  • Bay Area (21.38% of population): Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
  • Greater Sacramento (7.45% of population): Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
  • San Joaquin Valley (11.25% of population): Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
  • Southern California (58.19% of population): Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

On December 6 at 11:59 p.m., the regional stay-at-home order went into effect for the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions.

December 8 BSE reassignment:[H]

  • Substantial→Widespread: Amador, Marin

On December 10 at 11:59 p.m., the regional stay-at-home order went into effect for the Greater Sacramento region.

December 15 BSE reassignment:

  • Substantial→Widespread: Inyo

On December 17 at 11:59 p.m., the regional stay-at-home order went into effect for the Bay Area region.

December 22 BSE reassignment: no changes.

December 29 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: Humboldt

2021[edit]

January[edit]

In early January, a campaign to recall Newsom over his response to the pandemic was reported to be gaining momentum.[195]

January 5 BSE reassignment: no changes.

January 12 BSE reassignment:

  • Substantial→Widespread: Humboldt
  • Widespread→Substantial: Trinity

On January 12, the regional stay-at-home order was lifted for the Greater Sacramento region.

January 19 BSE reassignment: no changes.

On January 25, Newsom announced the statewide cancellation of the regional stay-at-home order system.[196][197] The nighttime curfew for Widespread counties was also lifted.

January 26 BSE reassignment: no changes.

February[edit]

February 2 BSE reassignment:

  • Substantial→Moderate: Alpine, Trinity

On February 6, the Supreme Court of the United States blocked and revised California's ban on indoor religious worship, with an unsigned order that said the total ban is unconstitutional, but allowing the state to restrict attendance to 25% capacity, and upholding the ban on singing and chanting. The decision was 6–3 in favor.[198]

February 9 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: Del Norte

February 16 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: Plumas

February 23 BSE reassignment:

  • Moderate→Substantial: Trinity
  • Widespread→Substantial: Humboldt, Marin, San Mateo, Shasta, Yolo

On February 23, Newsom signed the $7.6 billion Golden State Stimulus bill which will provide $600 stimulus checks to qualifying residents, $2 billion in grants for small businesses, as well as millions in aid for food banks, low-income community college students, and agricultural workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19.[199]

March[edit]

On March 1, Newsom and legislative leaders announced a $6.6 billion aid package aimed at reopening schools.[200] $2 billion will be dedicated to PPE and other necessary safety measures, while $4.6 billion will go to summer schools, tutoring, and mental health services. Additionally, with the penalty of gradually losing access to this aid, public schools are required to offer in-person learning for kindergarten to second grade students and high-needs students in every grade by the end of March. Furthermore, this aid package will allocate 10% of all vaccines for education workers.

March 2 BSE reassignment:

  • Widespread→Substantial: El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Napa, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara

On March 5, California officials announced that theme parks and sports stadiums may reopen with safety precautions on April 1.[201] Theme park capacity will be limited to 15%, 25%, and 35% for counties in the red, orange, and yellow tiers respectively. Stadium capacity will be limited to 100 people, 20% capacity, 33% capacity, and 67% capacity for counties in the purple, red, orange, and yellow tiers respectively. Theme parks will not be allowed to have indoor dining, and there will also be restrictions on indoor rides. For stadiums, concession sales are not allowed in counties in the purple tier, while in-seat concession sales will be allowed for counties in the other tiers. Additionally, for both theme parks and stadiums, attendance will be limited to in-state visitors only.

Statistics and data[edit]

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County Confirmed[a] Recovered Deaths Vaccinations Population
[citation needed]
Cases/1M
3,481,611 Incomplete 52,497 9,106,077 39,873,057 87,317
Los Angeles[202] 1,192,954 No data 21,467 2,199,984 10,283,729 116,004
Riverside[203] 288,960 237,199 3,707 403,689 2,415,955 119,605
San Bernardino[204] 285,334 279,498 2,673 322,117 2,174,938 131,192
Orange[205] 245,460 224,933 3,848 644,816 3,284,468 74,733
San Diego[206] 258,463 No data 3,230 749,924 3,337,456 77,443
Kern[207] 103,422 34,334 877 131,391 905,801 114,177
Fresno[208] 95,548 No data 1,443 175,792 1,007,229 94,862
Sacramento[209] 93,528 72,158 1,484 305,006 1,529,501 61,149
Santa Clara[210] 109,546 No data 1,747 393,609 1,927,852 56,823
Alameda[211] 79,938 No data 1,218 350,830 1,671,329 47,829
San Joaquin[212] 66,829 58,029 1,126 120,160 758,744 88,078
Contra Costa[213] 62,028 56,050 655 281,761 1,153,526 53,772
Stanislaus[214] 50,579 42,190 949 90,958 555,624 91,031
Tulare[215] 45,245 39,086 598 28,111 475,834 95,086
Ventura[216] 73,894 70,420 683 73,480 859,073 82,413
Imperial[217] 26,489 25,317 561 7,808 190,624 134,931
San Francisco[218] 33,779 No data 398 194,293 881,549 38,318
Monterey[219] 40,971 40,111 294 22,824 443,281 88,929
San Mateo[220] 38,619 No data 502 187,584 766,573 50,379
Santa Barbara[221] 29,755 29,116 336 38,334 453,457 63,578
Sonoma[222] 26,189 19,197 265 44,673 494,336 52,978
Merced[223] 26,801 22,255 357 12,898 279,977 95,726
Kings[224] 20,852 11,339 177 6,069 151,662 137,490
Solano[225] 28,290 25,346 127 41,233 447,643 63,198
Marin[226] 13,205 11,237 197 84,509 258,826 51,019
Madera[227] 14,857 11,705 189 13,118 158,894 93,502
Placer[228] 19,056 15,982 216 62,104 389,532 48,920
San Luis Obispo[229] 18,788 15,408 200 37,037 280,101 67,076
Yolo[230] 12,012 10,449 158 28,227 221,270 54,287
Butte[231] 10,376 9,228 148 36,520 227,621 45,585
Santa Cruz[232] 14,700 14,148 183 41,586 276,864 50,765
Shasta[233] 10,753 9,641 164 17,860 178,271 60,318
Napa[234] 8,973 2,481 66 44,843 137,744 65,143
Sutter[235] 8,594 7,728 92 10,679 97,238 88,381
San Benito[236] 5,501 4,842 57 4,684 57,088 96,360
Yuba[237] 5,530 4,675 36 5,229 74,727 74,003
El Dorado[238] 8,785 6,890 86 23,100 188,399 46,630
Mendocino[239] 3,631 3,105 36 14,914 89,299 40,661
Lassen[240] 5,492 4,649 19 2,549 30,911 177,671
Glenn[241] 2,089 1,404 23 3,025 28,795 72,547
Lake[242] 2,939 1,978 36 7,916 65,081 45,159
Colusa[243] 2,056 1,200 11 1,370 22,098 93,040
Nevada[244] 3,696 2,345 74 12,318 99,155 37,275
Humboldt[245] 2,976 1,413 32 18,419 136,002 21,882
Tehama[246] 4,930 2,353 51 6,273 64,039 76,984
Calaveras[247] 1,825 879 25 6,860 45,157 40,414
Amador[248] 3,356 2,575 38 6,091 38,094 88,098
Tuolumne[249] 3,800 1,907 52 9,407 54,740 69,419
Inyo[250] 1,193 625 34 2,528 18,577 64,219
Mono[251] 1,203 No data 4 6,712 13,822 87,035
Siskiyou[252] 1,683 1,234 13 7,577 44,612 37,725
Del Norte[253] 938 734 4 2,664 27,221 34,459
Mariposa[254] 388 347 7 1,190 18,129 21,402
Plumas[255] 647 489 6 2,066 19,773 32,721
Modoc[256] 445 311 4 1,515 9,612 46,296
Trinity[257] 336 303 5 1,223 13,635 24,642
Sierra[258] 97 95 0 756 3,207 30,246
Alpine[259] 79 73 0 365 1,154 68,457
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Impact[edit]

Cancellations, closures and postponements[edit]

A nearly empty flight from Beijing to Los Angeles on March 15, 2020

Effects on education[edit]

Education in California has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, while most students in the state have switched to distance learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of them lack laptops and Wi-Fi.[262] By April 10, 2020, a school of 21 students became the only school in the state to remain open.[263] However, by April 29, the school closed indefinitely, making it the last school in the state to do so.[264]

  • K–12: On March 17, 2020, the California Department of Education provided guidance for K–12 schools:[265] This includes information regarding: Distance learning,[266] resources that support distance learning,[267] remote learning guidance,[268] designing a high-quality online course,[269] grading and graduation requirements,[270] and internet access;[271] school meals;[272] Special education;[273] child care and student supervision in the event of a school closure; and parent resources. The state also authorized $5.3 billion in the 2020-21 budget for Learning Loss Mitigation Funds, designed to help schools improve teaching and learning and access to virtual school.[274]
  • California Community Colleges System (CCCS): California Community Colleges make up the largest system of higher education in the U.S., serving more than 2.1 million students.[275] It, too, has issued guidance regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019.[276] On May 18, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said that California's 115 community colleges will likely continue to offer their classes fully online in the fall, noting that many colleges in the system had already announced this intention. Oakley added that he fully encouraged this decision as he believes it "will be the most relevant way for us to continue to reach our students and to do it in a way that commits to maintaining equity for our students."[277]
  • California State University (CSU) system: With 23 campuses, the CSU is the largest four-year higher education system in the United States. On March 17, 2020, CSU issued a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including that "the CSU is following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State".[278] The communication also included information regarding a plan for CSU's 23 campuses to accelerate their transition to online instruction.[279] On May 12, California State University Chancellor Timothy White announced that the CSU system would be offering fall 2020 courses primarily online "with some limited exceptions."[280] For spring 2020 alone, the CSU system is projecting a revenue loss of $337 million due to the pandemic, as a result of losses from student housing, parking and campus bookstores, combined with costs related to cleaning, overtime and the shift to distance education.[280]
  • University of California (UC) system: Collectively, the ten colleges, institutions, and alumni of the UC make it the most comprehensive and advanced post-secondary educational system in the world.[281] On April 2, 2020, UC president Janet Napolitano and the chancellors of the 10 campuses gave assurances to UC employees.[282] On April 6, 2020, the UC Health Data Initiative launched daily updates on COVID-19 tests.[283] On the same day, the UC launched a grant program to spur COVID-19 related research.[284] Pertinent information for students, faculty, staff, and community is available for each campus: UC Berkeley,[285] UC Davis,[286] UC Irvine,[287] UCLA,[288] UC Merced,[289] UC Riverside,[290] UC San Diego,[291] UC San Francisco,[292] UC Santa Barbara,[293] and UC Santa Cruz.[294] On May 20, University of California president Janet Napolitano told the UC Board of Regents that "every campus will be open and offering instruction" in fall 2020, adding that she "anticipates that most, if not all of our campuses, will operate in some kind of hybrid mode" involving a mix of online and in-person instruction.[295] From the time that UC campuses shut down in mid-March through the end of April, the UC system experienced a $1.2 billion loss due to the pandemic.[295]

Effects on prisons[edit]

  • Alameda County: On March 20, Alameda County officials announced that 247 people would be released from Santa Rita Jail, located in Dublin.[296]
  • Los Angeles County: On March 17, the county Sheriff's Department announced that it had reduced the inmate population by 600 during the previous two weeks in an attempt to keep prisoners from being infected by coronavirus.[297]
  • Santa Barbara County: As of April 17, 2020, the county jail had released 324 prisoners. The Sheriff announced on a Friday night that one inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.[297]
  • San Diego County: On March 16, the Sheriff's Department said it had started reducing the number of people being accepted into the county's seven jails and had received approval for early release of some prisoners. Other measures included in-cell meals, a suspension of visitation, and suspension of jail programs.[298]

On October 11, 2020, an investigation revealed that California's prison factories continued operations even after COVID-19 outbreaks happened in the prisons. Rehab programs, religious services, and educational classes were all stopped, but the prison factories continued operating, where inmates worked for hours without wearing masks.[299]

Effects on religion[edit]

Various faith organizations claim that social distancing orders issued by the state violate the constitutional right to freedom of religion and assembly. Bans of all gatherings, no matter the size, outside of places of residences put in place by local authorities have also been challenged.[300]

Churches and synagogues with more than 30 members officially closed doors March 12. Most began streaming online. When the quarantine officially began, all congregations were no longer able to gather. Most are holding weekly prayer meetings as well as Saturday or Sunday morning streaming of worship services. Mosques in California have stopped holding Friday prayer congregations.[citation needed]

On March 13, the Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California closed all diocesan schools from until at least April 20. It suspended public Masses and dispensed with the obligation to attend Mass from March 14 until further notice.[301] On March 18, the California Catholic Conference of bishops followed suit, suspending the public celebration of Mass throughout the state until further notice.[302] Many churches are conducting services online during the time of closure.[citation needed]

The United States Supreme Court denied to grant an emergency injunction on Newsom's May orders limiting churches to 25% capacity or 100 persons maximum ahead of the Pentecost on May 31. The denial was decided on a 5–4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal Justices in denying the order by stating that "Although California's guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Similar or more severe restrictions apply to comparable secular gatherings, including lectures, concerts, movie showings, spectator sports, and theatrical performances, where large groups of people gather in close proximity for extended periods of time."[303]

In two ongoing cases, the Supreme Court granted two orders on February 5, 2021 that enjoined the state from banning religious services in the Tier 1 areas, though agreed that the state may limit capacity to 25% of the church and can ban singing and chanting under the pandemic conditions. The orders found that California may have reason to restrict capacity, but they cannot restrict that capacity to zero, and that California has shown unequal treatment of religious groups compared to other industries, particularly Hollywood.[304]

Effects on sports[edit]

Sacramento Kings players shoot around after their March 11 game against New Orleans is postponed

The first U.S. sports cancellations attributed to the pandemic occurred in California; in accordance with a local health emergency in Riverside County, the 2020 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournaments at Indian Wells were postponed on March 8, 2020.[305][306] The 2021 edition of the tournament has also been postponed indefinitely, with organizers seeking to host it later in the year.[307]

After Santa Clara County banned all large gatherings larger than 1,000 people for a three-week period beginning March 11, the San Jose Sharks of the NHL and the Golden State Warriors of the NBA announced that all of their remaining home games of the regular season would be played behind closed doors with no spectators. With their game on March 12 against the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors were to be the first professional sports team in the United States to play a home game behind closed doors due to the pandemic.[308][309][310] However, on March 11, after Utah Jazz players tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA suspended its regular season, and almost all other professional sports leagues and college athletics programs followed suit over the days that followed.[311]

On March 16, the CCCAA also canceled the remainder of the winter seasons as well as the spring seasons. They also restored a season of eligibility to those athletes who had already participated in the early season of spring sports.[312] The NAIA canceled their spring season on the same day.[313] Also on March 16, the Ojai Tennis Tournament, the oldest and largest amateur tennis tournament in the United States, canceled its 2020 event;[314] the 2021 edition was later nixed as well.[315]

At the high school level, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) canceled the basketball state championship tournament after the Northern California and Southern California semifinals. During the tournament, Sheldon, Archbishop Riordan, and the Menlo School withdrew from the tournament after their schools were shut down. The CIF gave their reevaluation of the situation on April 3 and cancelled all spring sports.[316][317]

In motorsports, the NASCAR Cup Series canceled the 2020 Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma, as Sonoma County would not allow sporting events and any other mass gathering to occur at that time.[318] The IndyCar Series was required to cancel the 2020 Grand Prix of Long Beach,[319] and the Monterey Grand Prix (which had initially been rescheduled as a twin race weekend to make up for other cancelled races).[320] In December 2020, it was announced that NASCAR's 2021 race weekend (including the Cup Series Auto Club 400) at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana would be canceled (with the race weekend moved to Daytona International Speedway's road course). Accordingly, a planned reconstruction of the track was also postponed to 2022 [321] It was also announced that the 2021 IndyCar Series schedule would be modified to move the Grand Prix of Long Beach from April to September as the season finale, with organizers stating that this would "afford us the best opportunity to provide our guests with a fun and exciting experience in a safe and unrestricted environment."[322]

The Pac-12 Conference (which includes several universities in California) delayed its college football season to November, and all games were closed to the public.[323] On December 19, 2020, it was announced that the 2021 Rose Bowl (a College Football Playoff semi-final game) would be re-located from Pasadena to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas due to the current surge in local cases, and inability to invite the families of players as spectators. It was the first time since 1942 (due to wartime restrictions on public gatherings on the west coast following the Pearl Harbor attack) that the Rose Bowl was not be held in Pasadena.[324][325]

Unemployment[edit]

As of April 8, 2020, over the preceding three weeks, California had processed over 2.4 million applications for unemployment assistance.[326]

A survey conducted April 17 found that fewer than half of the residents of Los Angeles County were employed, although some of this unemployment was supposed to be temporary.[327]

Several employers across the state are switched to WFH norm to avoid further COVID-19 outbreaks. In August, California State University (CSU) has released nationwide remote opportunities to benefit the citizens during the unemployment crisis.[328][329]

Effects on the economy[edit]

In January 2020, California expected a $5.6 billion surplus in the state budget by the time the fiscal year ended on June 30.[330] In May, however, the Department of Finance changed its projection, saying that the state would instead have a deficit of $54.3 billion. Some of this shortfall was caused by expenses for COVID-19 response (an unanticipated $7.1 billion for health programs and an additional $6 billion for other types of responses), but most was caused by the expectation that tax revenue—personal income, corporate, and sales—will be one-quarter lower than originally projected.[331][332] However, in January 2021, California revised its earlier estimate and instead expected a $15 billion one-time budget surplus, largely due to increased tax revenues from wealthy residents who were doing better than expected.[333]

Vaccination[edit]

Challenges and overall progress[edit]

Following administration of the first vaccinations on December 14, 2020,[334] the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations in California proceeded slowly. The effort was hampered by a variety of factors, including vaccine supply shortages, poor communication between federal and state authorities, and shortages in both the supply of vaccines as well as persons to administer them.[335] The problems were exacerbated by the state's large, decentralized structure, which resulted in a delegation of the response to 61 local health departments and resulted in a piecemeal effort with widespread regional disparities.[336] The rollout was initially slowed by restricting it to health care workers and nursing homes: Other groups were held back while the state worked to complete vaccination of the first groups.[335] Additional challenges included the state's large population, prioritization of the order in which groups were deemed eligible to receive the vaccine,[337] and appointment systems throughout the state that favored tech savvy persons with smart-phones.[338] Elderly populations in particular were disadvantaged by the vaccination rollout, experiencing long lines, lack of seating, lack of restroom facilities and in some cases requiring QR codes on cell phones or printed paper to prove eligibility.[339] Minority residents of the state were in addition found to be receiving a smaller share of the vaccines in the initial months than their fraction of the population.[340] In order to address these discrepancies, the governor announced in early March 2021 that the state would be setting aside 40% of its COVID-19 vaccine doses for the hardest-hit communities and establish a “vaccine equity metric. [341]

As of March 5, 2021, California administered 10,071,476 COVID-19 vaccine doses at a daily rate of 251,504 vaccines and equivalent to 25.49 doses per 100 people. Overall, 17.4% of the population has received their first dose, and 7.9% has been fully vaccinated. 74% of the state's supply has been used.[342] The state has administered the largest number of doses nationwide, but lags other states in terms of per capita dose administration.[343] Mass vaccination sites in certain regions continued to experience severe shortages as of February 2021.[344]

Vaccination sites[edit]

As of February 12, 2021, a website has been established by the state for scheduling and/or being notified of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines,[345][346] and vaccination providers have expanded throughout the state to include retail pharmacies, federal mass vaccination sites, and local health clinics.[347] As of 4 March 2021, a state-government provided directory of vaccination sites has yet to be established, which has prompted the development of VaccinateCA, a crowdsourced volunteer website listing vaccination sites in the state in a dynamic manner as the number of sites and locations continuously vary.[348][349][350]

Los Angeles County[edit]

List source:[351]

San Diego County[edit]

List source:[352]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Population as of July 2019
  2. ^ Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
  3. ^ Monday, August 31 was the effective date for the BSE guidelines. The guidelines started updating on Tuesday, September 8, and updated regularly on Tuesday until November 16.
  4. ^ This reassignment was due to data correction from earlier data. Modoc County was also investigated, but its restrictions were not changed.
  5. ^ This reassignment was delayed by one day due to Election Day.
  6. ^ Placer and Trinity Counties' reassignments were not reported in the CDPH's official blueprint data chart.
  7. ^ Starting with this reassignment, reassignments can happen on any day of the week.
  8. ^ Both of these reassignments were missing from the CDPH's official blueprint data chart.

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