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State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

Date: May 21, 2021
Number: NR21-166

California Provides Update on Beyond the Blueprint Framework for June 15 Reopening

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.

Beyond the Blueprint Update

CDPH today provided an update on the Beyond the Blueprint Framework for the state's June 15 reopening. Beginning on June 15, all industry and business sectors listed in the current Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart may return to usual operations with no capacity limits or physical distancing requirements, with limited exceptions for mega events.

"Californians should be proud of the work we've done together to get through the worst of this pandemic," said Dr. Tomás Aragón, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. "Relaxing many of our public health measures is possible because we've chosen to get vaccinated against COVID-19, worn masks and kept our distance. We urge Californians who are eligible to get vaccinated and continue taking common sense prevention steps so we can keep our forward progress in defeating this virus."

Employers will be subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if applicable to them, and CDPH will continue to provide updated guidance for youth, healthcare, and high-risk congregate settings.

Statewide COVID-19 Data as of Today

  • California has 3,670,469 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
  • There were 1,627 newly recorded confirmed cases Thursday.
  • The 7-day positivity rate is 1.0%.
  • There have been 63,941,224 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 228,956 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
  • There have been 61,672 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
  • As of May 21, providers have reported administering a total of 35,755,129 vaccine doses statewide. The CDC reports that 44,822,040 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 Dashboard.



Tracking COVID-19 in California

Vaccine Eligibility

As of May 13, vaccination appointments for individuals aged 12+ can be made by visiting The consent of a parent or legal guardian may be needed for those between the ages of 12 and 17 to receive a vaccination. Visit Vaccinate All 58 to learn more about the safe and effective vaccines available.

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 May 17)

  • 0 counties in the Purple (widespread) Tier
  • 10 counties in the Red (substantial) Tier
  • 35 counties in Orange (moderate) Tier
  • 13 counties in Yellow (minimal) Tier

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

Health Care Workers

As of May 20, local health departments have reported 110,561 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 459 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 May 9 to May 15, the average time patients waited for test results was under one day. During this same time period, 86% of patients received test results in one day and 97% received them within two days.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

As of May 17, there have been 520 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:

  • Get vaccinated, it's your turn now! Californians age 12+ are eligible to make appointments or go to a walk-in site for vaccination.
  • 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.
  • Keep gatherings small and outdoors and follow state and local public health guidance.
  • Wear a mask. Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required indoors with a few exceptions. Read the latest face covering guidance.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Delay non-essential travel outside of California until you are fully vaccinated. Follow California's travel advisory.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home from work and school 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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