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State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

Date: December 24, 2020
Number: NR20-347
Contact: CDPHpress@cdph.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Public Health provided latest facts around COVID-19 including California reaching 2 million positive cases.

"Today California hit a sobering milestone, we have surpassed 2 million COVID-19 cases. While this means we are leveraging our testing capacity, it is a reminder that this virus continues to spread through our communities," said Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of California's Health and Human Services Agency. "Hospitals are full, ICU beds are few, people are dying. The simplest thing we can do, but also the most significant, is to stay home. We are the first line of defense against this virus and we must act now."

Due to high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations impacting the health care system, California is under a Limited Stay at Home Order. The order applies to all counties that are currently under the Regional Stay at Home Order and those in Tier One (Purple) of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Limited Stay at Home Order will expire after the Regional Stay At Home Order has been terminated in all regions of the state.

 

Based on current ICU data, four regions, San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Greater Sacramento and the Bay Area are under the Regional Stay at Home Order. Regions must remain under the Regional Stay at Home Order for at least three weeks and will be eligible to exit the order and return to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy only if ICU capacity projections for the following month are above or equal to 15%.

The dates regions will be eligible to exit are:

  • San Joaquin: December 28

  • Southern California: December 28

  • Greater Sacramento: January 1

  • Bay Area: January 8

Current available ICU capacity by region:

  • Bay Area: 9.24%

  • Greater Sacramento Region: 15.3%

  • Northern California: 27.5%

  • San Joaquin Valley: 0.0%

  • Southern California: 0.0%

See region map. Read the full Regional Stay Home OrderSupplement to the Order, and frequently asked questions.

Statewide COVID-19 Data as of Today:

  • California has 2,003,146 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
  • There were 39,070 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday.
  • The 7-day positivity rate is 12.1% and the 14-day positivity rate is 12.4%.
  • There have been 30,769,749 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 301,189 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.
  • As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 23,635 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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*Note, today's age and gender data include numbers reported as of December 22 due to a delay in analyzing demographic information for the cases from the prior 24 hours. Case, fatality and hospitalization data include numbers reported as of December 23.

Vaccinate All 58

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. This is Phase 1A of the state’s vaccine plan. The Drafting Guidelines Workgroup is working with the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee to recommend prioritization of other vaccine recipients for Phase 1B and 1C, and the state is working closely with community partners and stakeholders to help ensure the vaccine is distributed and administered equitably across California.  For more information, visit the CDPH COVID-19 Vaccine webpage and Vaccinate All 58.

Holiday Tips

Reduce your risk this holiday season and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Follow guidance from CDPH and plan safer celebrations. Get Holiday tips at covid19.ca.gov.

Testing Turnaround Time

The testing turnaround dashboard reports how long California patients are waiting for COVID-19 test results. During the week of December 6 to December 12, the average time patients waited for test results was 1.8 days. During this same time period, 46% of patients received test results in one day and 75% received them within two days. The testing turnaround time dashboard is updated weekly. At this time, all four tiers in the Testing Prioritization Guidance have equal priority for testing.Dec3_CA_COVID-19_ByTheNumbers

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a statewide plan for reducing COVID-19 and keeping Californians healthy and safe. The plan imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how any movement affects the trajectory of the disease. Californians can go to covid19.ca.gov to find out where their county falls and what activities are allowable in each county.

Data and Tools

A wide range of data and analysis guides California’s response to COVID-19. The state is making the data and its analytical tools available to researchers, scientists and the public at covid19.ca.gov.

Popular links include:

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

Each week, the California Department of Public Health updates the number of cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) reported in the state. As of December 21, 157 cases of MIS-C have been reported statewide. To protect patient confidentiality in counties with fewer than 11 cases, we are not providing total counts at this time

MIS-C is a rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that can damage multiple organ systems. MIS-C can require hospitalization and be life threatening. Parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of MIS-C including fever that does not go away, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling tired. Contact your child's doctor immediately if your child has these symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment of patients is critical to preventing long-term complications.

New Health Equity Dashboard

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing inequities in health that are the result of structural racism and poverty, and the disproportionate prevalence of underlying conditions such as asthma and heart disease among Latinos and African Americans. As part of its commitment to reduce health inequities and ensure the best outcomes for all Californians, the state has launched a Health Equity Dashboard on www.covid19.ca.gov that tracks California's health equity measure and data by race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Health Care Worker Infection Rates

As of December 23, local health departments have reported 65,566 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 246 deaths statewide.

Your Actions Save Lives

Protect yourself, family, friends and community by following these prevention measures:  

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches), call your health care provider.

  • If you believe you have been exposed, get tested. Free, confidential testing is available statewide.

  • Stay home except for essential activities and follow local public health guidance.

  • Keep interactions to people who live in your household.

  • Wear a cloth face mask when out in public.

  • Avoid non-essential travel and stay close to home; self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival if you leave the state.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home from work, school or other people if you feel ill.

  • Add your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.

  • Answer the call if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or local health department tries to connect.
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