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 State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

Date: April 8, 2021
Number: NR21-116
Contact: CDPHpress@cdph.ca.gov


SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state's pandemic response.

Today the state updated the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, outlining that the weekly tier assessment will consider both a county’s adjusted case rate and test positivity, as well as hospitalization data, in determining whether a county should remain in a less restrictive tier. If CDPH determines there are objective signs of stability or improvement in the data, the county may remain in the less restrictive tier. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as low rate of vaccine take up, a county will only move to a more restrictive tier if hospitalizations are increasing significantly among vulnerable individuals, especially among vaccinated individuals, and both test positivity and adjusted case rates show a concerning increase in transmission.

Statewide COVID-19 Data as of Today

  • California has 3,588,152 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

  • There were 2,093 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday.

  • The 7-day positivity rate is 1.9%.

  • There have been 55,610,191 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 126,557 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.

  • There have been 58,788 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

  • As of April 8, providers have reported administering a total of 21,483,192 vaccine doses statewide. The CDC reports that 26,966,680 doses have been delivered to entities within the state. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed. For more vaccination data, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Data DashboardNote: As part of an ongoing statewide vaccination data and integrity initiative, approximately 400,000 vaccines were added to the data after the regular morning daily update on April 7. These doses represent a number of records that were corrected by providers but not previously counted between March 11 and April 6, 2021.

Daily numbers April 8

Vaccine Eligibility Update

With supply of vaccines expected to significantly increase in the coming weeks, the state is expanding vaccine eligibility to more Californians. As of April 1, individuals aged 50+ are eligible to make an appointment, and individuals 16+ will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated starting on April 15. To sign up for a notification when you're eligible for a vaccine, please visit myturn.ca.gov. For more information on the vaccine effort, visit Vaccinate All 58.

Tracking Variants

Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been identified globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. These genetic mutations are expected, and some emerge and then disappear, while others persist or become common. Most variants do not have a meaningful impact. Public health becomes concerned about a variant when it affects COVID-19 transmission, severity, testing, treatment or vaccine effectiveness. Get more information on the variants CDPH is currently monitoring.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

All counties are under the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. As always, local public health departments may implement policies that are more restrictive than the state. 

Blueprint Summary (as of April 6)

  • 2 counties in the Purple (widespread) Tier
  • 22 counties in the Red (substantial) Tier
  • 32 counties in Orange (moderate) Tier
  • 2 county in the Yellow (minimal) Tier

Blueprint tiers are updated weekly on Tuesdays. Find the status of activities in specific counties.

ADDITIONAL DATA & UPDATES

Tracking COVID-19 in California

State Dashboard – Daily COVID-19 data

County Map – Local data, including tier status and ICU capacity

Data and Tools – Models and dashboards for researchers, scientists and the public

Blueprint for a Safer Economy – Data for establishing tier status

COVID-19 Race & Ethnicity Data – Weekly updated Race & Ethnicity data

Cases and Deaths by Age Group – Weekly updated Deaths by Age Group data

Health Equity Dashboard – See how COVID-19 highlights existing inequities in health

Safe Schools for All

Governor Gavin Newsom launched the Safe Schools for All Hub as a one-stop shop for information about safe in-person instruction. The state has updated its schools reopening maps to include outbreak data by school district. View the data for public schools by selecting a specific district on the School Districts Reopening Map. The map includes reported outbreaks since January 1, 2021.

Travel Advisory Updated

California updated its travel advisory on April 1, removing the previous recommendation that Californians not travel more than 120 miles from ones' place of residence. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, and Californians should continue to avoid non-essential travel outside of the state. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California and should follow CDC travel guidance related to testing and self-quarantine.

Health Care Workers

As of April 7, local health departments have reported 103,952 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 444 deaths statewide.

Testing Turnaround Time

The testing turnaround time dashboard reports how long California patients are waiting for COVID-19 test results. During the week of March 21 to March 27, the average time patients waited for test results was just under one day. During this same time period, 83% of patients received test results in one day and 98% received them within two days.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

As of  April 6, there have been 448 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) reported statewide. 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.

Your Actions Save Lives

Protect yourself, family, friends and your 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.
  • Get vaccinated when it's your turn.
  • Limit interactions to people who live in your household and follow state and local public health guidance.
  • Wear a mask and get the most out of masking - an effective mask has both good fit and good filtration.
  • 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 and 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 or text if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or your local health department tries to connect.

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