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COVID-19 Updates for February 16

February 16, 2023

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. The most up to date data is available on the state's COVID-19 data dashboard.

Statewide COVID-19 Data

Rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are highest among unvaccinated individuals and lowest among boosted individuals. This is true for all age groups. See additional data for unvaccinated and vaccinated cases.

COVID-19 numbers


  • 87,980,271 total vaccines administered.
  • 72.6% of the population has been vaccinated with a primary series.
  • 11,283 people a day are receiving COVID-19 vaccination (average daily dose count over 7 days).


  • California has 11,084,818 confirmed cases to date.
  • Today's average case count is 2,893 (average daily case count over 7 days).
  • During December 2022, unvaccinated people were 2.4 times more likely to get COVID-19 than people who were vaccinated with at least a primary series.​


  • The testing positivity rate is 6.4% (average rate over 7 days).


  • There are 2,541 hospitalizations statewide.
  • There are 296 ICU patients statewide.
  • During December 2022, unvaccinated people were 2.6 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people who were vaccinated with at least a primary series.​


  • There have been 99,960 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
  • COVID-19 claims the lives of 24 Californians each day (average daily death count over 7 days).
  • During December 2022, unvaccinated people were 3.0 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people who were vaccinated with at least a primary series​

Your Actions Save Lives - How You Can Help Slow the Spread

Protect yourself, family, friends and community with prevention measures and information:

  • Get Vaccinated and Boosted for COVID-19: Real-world evidence continues to show that the vaccine prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Public health officials urge Californians to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as they are eligible. It is recommended that every individual six months of age and older receive their primary COVID-19 vaccine series and booster dose, if eligible. Find a vaccine near you by visiting or calling 1-833-422-4255. Visit Vaccinate All 58 to learn more about the safe and effective vaccines available for all Californians six months of age and older.
  • Wear A Mask: California's COVID-19 mask guidance aligns with CDC COVID-19 Community Levels. Know your community level to evaluate risk and inform your decision on when to mask. Local policies may go beyond state requirements based on local conditions. 
  • A Healthy School Year: The Safe Schools for All Hub consolidates key resources and information related to COVID-19 and schools. Learn more about the COVID-19 mitigation strategies to keep students, staff, and communities safe in the 2022-23 K-12 Schools Guidance.
  • My Vaccine Record: Get your digital vaccine record for an easy way to show vaccination status at venues or businesses that require proof of vaccination. Visit MyVaccineRecord today to get your vaccine record.

  • Travel Tips: Do not travel if you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19. Make sure you are up to date on your COVID-19 and other vaccines before travel (both domestic and international). See the CDC's full travel guidance.
  • Add Your Phone to the Fight: Sign up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify. Also, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 – including those who test at home – can alert others of a potential exposure more quickly and conveniently. . For more information, please visit the "Notify Others" page on CA Notify.

  • Sign-Up for COVID-19 Policy Alerts and Notifications: COVID-19 Policy Alerts provide up-to-date information regarding CDPH COVID-19 guidance and policy, including changes to orders, mandatory guidance and more. Sign-up for the COVID-19 Policy Alerts emails today.
  • Check with your Local Health Department: Local health deartments may have policies in place that are stricter than state guidance.

Tracking COVID-19 in California

Health Care Workers

  • As of February 15, local health departments have reported 191,146  confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 602 deaths statewide.​
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