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State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

Date: July 21, 2021
Number: NR21-228

Since January 1, 2021, 99% of Cumulative COVID-19 Cases Have Occurred Among Unvaccinated Californians 


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’s update includes new statistics illustrating the increased risk of infection for the unvaccinated. CDPH will include these statistics, updated weekly, in this news release on an ongoing basis.

For the week of July 7-14, the average case rate among unvaccinated Californians is 13 per 100,000 per day and the average case rate among vaccinated Californians is significantly lower at 2 per 100,000 per day. Additionally, between January 1 and July 14, cumulative COVID-19 cases have occurred almost exclusively among unvaccinated individuals, at 99%. As transmission continues to increase in communities statewide, along with the faster spreading Delta variant, more individuals, especially those who are unvaccinated, will likely get COVID. Vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing new cases and severe disease, hospitalization and death.

Stop the Spread: Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

The risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection continues as a number of Californians remain unvaccinated. With the emergence of the more transmissible Delta variant, there is a renewed urgency to get all eligible Californians vaccinated as quickly as possible and complete their two-dose vaccination process if they are receiving Pfizer or Moderna.

CDPH is reminding unvaccinated Californians that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, free and provides excellent protection from severe COVID-19 illness, including the Delta variant, hospitalization, and death.

Statewide COVID-19 Data as of Today

  • California has 3,772,470 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

  • There were 5,285 newly reported confirmed cases Tuesday.

  • Cases are increasing statewide, largely among unvaccinated populations.

  • For the week of July 7-14, the average case rate among unvaccinated Californians is 13 per 100,000 and the average case rate among vaccinated Californians is significantly smaller at 2 per 100,000.

  • Between January 1 and July 14, 99% of the state's cumulative cases have occurred among unvaccinated individuals.

  • The 7-day positivity rate is 4.5%.

  • There have been 72,156,783 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 122,156 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.

  • There have been 63,664 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

  • As of July 21, providers have reported administering a total of 43,119,323 vaccine doses statewide. The CDC reports that 48,998,195 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.

Daily Numbers July 21


Tracking COVID-19 in California

Vaccine Eligibility

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.

Health Care Workers

As of of July 20, local health departments have reported 114,881 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 480 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 July 4 to July 10, 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 96% received them within two days.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

As of July 19 there have been 580 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.

Keep California Healthy 

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.
  • Wear a mask when required. Read the latest face covering guidance.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Delay travel (both domestic and international) until you are fully vaccinated. Read the CDC’s full travel guidance
  • 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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