California has requirements and recommendations for mega-events to reduce COVID-19 transmission. 

On this page:


What mega-events are

Mega-events are indoor events with 1,000 or more people and outdoor events with 10,000 or more people.

This includes events like:

  • Conventions, conferences, and expos
  • Concerts, shows, and nightclubs
  • Sporting events
  • Live events and entertainment
  • Fairs, festivals, and parades
  • Theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks
  • Large private events or gatherings
  • Large races, marathons, and endurance events
  • Car shows

Indoor events

For indoor events with 1,000 or more people, attendees must provide proof that they: 

  • Are fully vaccinated, or
  • Have received a negative COVID-19 test

After September 20, 2021, attendees cannot self-attest to verify vaccination status or a negative test result.

Find a testing location Get your digital vaccine record

Outdoor events

For outdoor events with 10,000 or more people, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that attendees provide proof that they: 

  • Are fully vaccinated, or
  • Have received a negative COVID-19 test

After September 20, 2021, CDPH recommends venue and event operators to:


Masks at events

All attendees must follow the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings


More information

These measures are in effect through November 1, 2021.

CDPH will review these measures by October 15, 2021, to assess the need for measures after November 1, 2021.

Find more details about the CDPH requirements and recommendations for mega-events:

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Check your county for participating vaccination clinics, then click or call to arrange your vaccination.

Don’t wait – offer only good while supplies last.

Alameda County

Color Health

The Community Church, Greater St. Paul, and Friendship Christian Center locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

LifeLong Medical Care

San Pablo, Richmond, East Oakland, and West Berkeley locations only. 

Go to https://www.lifelongmedical.org/covid-vaccine.html or call 510-549-5454 for more information.

Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center

Ashland, Fire House Clinic, and Union City locations only. 

Go to https://tvhc.org/covid-19-vaccine/ for more information.

Contra Costa County

LifeLong Medical

Brookside and William Jenkins Health Center locations only. 

Go to https://www.lifelongmedical.org/covid-vaccine.html or call 510-549-5454 for more information.

Kern County

Clinica Sierra Vista

34th Street, Arvin, East Bakersfield, East Niles, 1st Street, Fraizer Mountain, Greenfield, Lamont, and South Bakersfield locations only. 

Go to https://www.clinicasierravista.org/vaccinations/ or call 661-635-3050 for more information.

Los Angeles County

Center For Family Health & Education

Panorama City location only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.cffhae.org/ for more information.

Chinatown Service Center

767 N. Hill Street location only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.cscla.org/ for more information.

Curative

Palmdale Oasis, Santa Clarita, and mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

JWCH Institute

S. San Pedro, Norwalk, Lynwood, Bellflower, Vermont, Southeast LA, Bell Gardens, Downey, Pasadena, and Lancaster locations only.

Go to http://jwchinstitute.org/ or call 866-733-5924 for more information.

Kaiser Permanente

Antelope Valley and Panorama City locations only.

Go to https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/vaccine-appointments or call 833-574-2273 for more information.

Priority Care Medical Group

El Monte and Long Beach locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.cffhae.org/ for more information.

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center

Vermont Ave., Compton, Compton College, Crenshaw, East LA Civic Center, Lincoln, Magnolia, Rolland Curtis, Washington, Avalon, Clinton, and Williams locations only.

Go to https://www.wellchild.org/covid-vaccine-appointments/ or call 877-612-8299 for more information.

Orange County

UCI Family Health

Anaheim and Santa Ana locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.ucihealth.org/covid-19 for more information.

Riverside County

Curative

Riverside City Sears, Lake Elsinore, Indio, Palm Springs, and mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Sacramento County

Elica Health

Arden Arcade, Franklin Boulevard, N. Highlands, Mack Road, Marysville, and Midtown locations only.

Go to https://www.elicahealth.org/ or call 916-454-2345 for more information.

Color Health

Antioch Progressive Church, Life Matters Logan Park, Life Matters Point Natomas, and Bethel Ministries locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

Curative

McClellan Park, Cal Expo, and mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

San Bernardino County

Color Health

Rialto Palm Ave, San Bernardino Depot, San Bernardino Downtown, Orange Way, and Chino locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

Curative

San Bernardino mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Dignity Health

St. Bernardine Health Center location only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://www.dignityhealth.org/socal/locations/stbernardinemedical for more information.

Kaiser Permanente

Fontana and Ontario locations only.

Go to https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/coronavirus-information/vaccine-appointments or call 833-574-2273 for more information.

San Joaquin County

Community Medical Centers

Channel, E. March Lane, and Manteca locations only.

Go to http://www.communitymedicalcenters.org/ or call 209-425-0007 for more information.

Solano County

Community Medical Centers

Dixon and Vacaville locations only.

Go to http://www.communitymedicalcenters.org/ or call 209-425-0007 for more information.

Tulare County

Color Health

Granite Hills High School, Whitendale Community Center, Terra Bella Veterans Memorial Building, Strathmore, Goshen Neighborhood Church, Lindsay Wellness Center, Exeter Veterans Memorial Building, and Tipton SPDES locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn.

Ventura County

Curative

Ventura mobile van unit locations only. 

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Yolo County

Elica Health

Halyard location only.

Go to https://www.elicahealth.org/ or call 916-454-2345 for more information.

Yuba/Sutter Counties

Curative

Yuba/Sutter mobile van unit locations only.

Make an appointment on MyTurn or go to https://curative.com/covid-19-vaccine for more information, including daily van locations.

Terms and Conditions

PURPOSE: 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will conduct a series of randomized drawings for prizes to be awarded to vaccinated persons in order to reinforce the importance of vaccination as a way to protect public health in the face of a pandemic. The persons identified in the drawings will be able to claim a California Dream Vacations trip.

TERMS OF PROGRAM:

Drawings for the six (6) California Dream Vacations will take place on July 1, 2021. Six people will be drawn at random on that date. Drawing dates are subject to change. An eligible individual can win no more than 1 destination vacation package. CDPH reserves the right to terminate or extend this promotion at any time.

ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION: 

The persons eligible for the drawings will be limited to living persons, age 18 and older at the time of the drawing, who were not temporarily present in California[1] when they received a vaccine dose, and are identified in the State’s vaccine registry, as of the time of the drawing, as having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.[2] No action is needed by eligible persons to be included in the drawings. No purchase or payment of fees is necessary for participation. Immigration status is not a barrier to eligibility. Incarcerated persons are not eligible. Employees of CDPH, the California State Lottery, the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Government Operations Agency, Visit California, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and the Office of the Governor, and their immediate families, are not eligible. “Immediate family” means spouse and dependent children, consistent with California Government Code section 82029.  Note: Eligible persons below the age of 21 may not be able to redeem some portions of the California Dream Vacations is selected as a winner.

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION:

  • CDPH will lead a process by which the State will randomly select provisional winners from eligible participants. To do so, CDPH will provide a list of random number identifiers representing each eligible participant – identifiers that can only be connected with persons’ identities by CDPH – to the California Lottery, which will conduct the random drawing using standard practices applicable to drawings that ensure randomness and integrity of the draw. The California Lottery will then transmit the selected numbers back to CPDH, which will identify and contact the selected persons.  Following confirmation from CDPH, CDPH will provide the winner with contact information which can then be used to contact Visit California to redeem their package. 
  • The names of award winners will not initially be announced due to state law concerning disclosure of immunization records. The names of award winners may subsequently be announced if consent is first received from the award winner. 
  • Winners will be given the opportunity to decline the prize or decline publicity associated with the prize. 
  • Accepting the prize will require giving consent to disclose the winner’s information from CDPH’s vaccine registry for purposes including, but not limited to, tax withholding/reporting.
  • If CDPH cannot immediately make contact via telephone with the persons selected in the drawing, CDPH will repeat efforts to contact the persons via telephone, text, email or other contact information associated with the person’s record in the State’s vaccine registry.  Contact attempts will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time.  CDPH’s efforts to contact persons selected in the drawing may end 96 hours after the first attempt at contacting the persons, after which time they may no longer be offered a prize and another person may be selected for the prize from the pool of eligible persons. The method of attempting to contact selected persons, using the contact information available, is within the sole discretion of CDPH and not subject to appeal or review.  
  • The timing and degree of efforts used to locate a winner or to deem a winner ineligible based upon the terms of the program shall be at the sole discretion of CDPH. 
  • The random drawing will also include selection of alternates in case selected persons decline the prizes, are ineligible for the prizes, or cannot be contacted, to ensure all prizes are awarded.

ODDS: 

The odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible persons identified in the State’s vaccine registry at the time of the drawing.  Publicly available data regarding the number of eligible persons may be found on the State’s COVID dashboard.

ADDITIONAL TERMS:

  • Prizes may be subject to taxation.
  • Portions of the California Dream Vacation prize packages may be non-transferable.  
  • Except as otherwise specified herein, prize winners who agree to the use of their names and/or likenesses for advertising and publicity purposes, do so without compensation.  
  • Proof of age, eligibility and identity must be furnished upon request.
  • Winners will receive the prize only upon completion of their second dose (when receiving a vaccine that requires that the person receive two doses to be fully vaccinated).
  • Awarding of prizes will be made through Visit California. 
  • Awarding of prizes is contingent on the completion of any necessary and appropriate paperwork to facilitate awarding of any prize. 
  • CDPH has the right to modify or end the Vax for the Win program at any time.
  • To accept and receive a prize, participants must agree to release and hold harmless CDPH, Visit California, and their employees, agents and officers from any claim, demand, judgement, award and/or any liability of any kind related to this Vaccine Incentive Public Health Program.

In the event of a conflict, these official rules supersede any applicable general rules or advertisements of the Vax for the Win program.

[1] The determination of whether a person was temporarily present in California shall be at the sole discretion of CDPH and not subject to review or appeal.

[2] Some persons who have received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in California may not be identified in the State’s vaccine registry.  If CDPH is unable to obtain vaccination status information about such individuals from other governmental agencies holding such information prior to the drawings, such individuals will not be eligible for drawings.  CDPH makes no commitment or promise that such information will be obtained from other governmental agencies prior to the drawings. 

Vax for the Win

California’s vaccine incentive program

Get vaccinated, get rewarded

Did you get vaccinated between May 27 and July 18? You are still eligible to collect your $50 incentive card!

Free tickets to Six Flags are also available at select locations. Don’t wait any longer!

Trouble getting or redeeming your code? Call 1-833-993-3873.

$50 cards

Tickets to Six Flags

$50 cards - “You Call the Shot California”

If you got your first vaccination between May 27 and July 18, you are still eligible to get a $50 card! Choose between a $50 virtual cash card, Kroger card, or Albertsons card.

You’re eligible to receive a $50 card if you:

  • Live in California,
  • Are age 12 or older,
  • And started your vaccination between May 27 and July 18.

To get your $50 card, just:

  • Get your code (via email or text within 7-10 days)
  • Redeem and pick your reward (within 90 days)

If you did not receive a code within 14 days of your final vaccination, call 833-993-3873.

See Terms and Conditions.

Illustration of a $50 incentive card and what you could get with it: groceries, vegetables, and cash

Tickets to Six Flags

Do you miss amusement parks? Select vaccination sites are giving away tickets to any Six Flags park in California while supplies last!

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed Thrill Capital of the World, with more coasters than anywhere on the planet.
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is the Thrill Capital of Northern California, featuring a unique combination of animal attractions, thrilling rides, exciting shows, and wildlife presentations.
  • Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles and Hurricane Harbor Concord offer thrilling waterpark fun for the entire family.

Just get your first vaccine dose at a participating clinic, and you’ll get a ticket.

But don’t wait. Each clinic has a limited supply!

Ready for some fun?

Illustration of a man on a rollercoaster

Questions and answers

For rules, eligibility, and more details, see Terms and Conditions.

$50 cards - "You Call the Shot California"

How long will the incentive cards last? When will the program run out?

Cards were only available for the first 2 million eligible individuals who started their vaccination process between May 27 and July 18.

If I got my first dose before the incentive card program started, then get my second dose after it started, am I eligible?

No, you were not eligible to receive an incentive card. But you were eligible for the other cash and vacation prizes. The purpose of the card program was to motivate unvaccinated Californians to get vaccinated.

Can I get the $50 incentive card if I completed my vaccination before the program started?

No. The incentive card program was intended to motivate the remaining Californians to get vaccinated. However, fully vaccinated Californians were eligible for other cash and vacation prizes.

How do I get my redemption code?

If you started your vaccination between May 27 and July 18, you’ll get a redemption code by text or email within 7-10 days after your last vaccination. For those receiving a two-dose series, your $50 card will be set aside until your completed second dose.

  • If you do not have a mobile phone or email address, then 7-10 days after your vaccination, you can call 1-833-993-3873 to receive a physical card.
  • If you don’t have a permanent address, then 7-10 days after your vaccination, call 1-833-993-3873 to coordinate delivery of your $50 card.

How long after redeeming the incentive card does it take to receive it?

It takes up to five business days to receive the incentive card. If you have not received your card after five business days, call 1-833-993-3873.

How will people prove they’ve had both doses? What if someone tries to cheat with a fake vaccine card?

COVID-19 vaccines are tracked in California immunization records. Incentive cards and other cash prizes will be awarded based on those records.

What if I got vaccinated, but did not receive my code?

If you do not receive a code after 14 days, call 1-833-993-3873.

Is there a choice of incentive cards?

Yes, there are three choices:

  1. Virtual Mastercard®: Not an ATM card so it cannot be cashed out. It can be redeemed online where Debit Mastercard® is accepted. This is a virtual incentive card and can be added to a phone mobile wallet.
  2. Kroger: Good at Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Foods Co. We recommend printing the card, as not all grocery stores can scan it on a phone. (Note: Some Food 4 Less stores in Northern California and the Central Coast do not accept this card as payment. Check this list of participating Kroger locations.)
  3. Albertsons: Good at Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, and Andronico's Community Markets. We recommend printing the card, as not all grocery stores can scan it on a phone.

Available while supplies last. If you are younger than 18, you will need to have a parent or guardian complete the card selection process for you, unless you are an emancipated minor.

Does my redemption code ever expire?

Yes. You must use the redemption code within 90 days to claim your card. Once claimed, the Virtual Mastercard® expires after 12 months. The grocery cards never expire.

All drawings and incentives

What did I need to do to enter the drawings?

You just had to get vaccinated in California for COVID-19 before winners were drawn. No entry form was needed; you were automatically entered in the drawing based on California immunization records once your vaccinator provided the state vaccination registry with your information. Vaccinations counted whether you got the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You must be living in California to win. Winner gets the prize after they complete their vaccination series.

How do I book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?

You can schedule appointments or find walk-in clinics at myturn.ca.gov. You can also use other websites or hotlines provided by the CDC or local health departments. Appointments can also be made by calling the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255.

What if I get vaccinated outside of California’s My Turn system?

You do not need to vaccinate through My Turn to be eligible. You are still eligible if your vaccination site is in California and reports doses given to the state.

What if I opted to not share my data with the Immunization Information Systems (IIS)?

The data is still reported to the state, so you would still be eligible for the incentive and other cash prizes.

How were winners notified?

The state protects your privacy, and has taken steps to protect Californians against scams. The winners were notified by officials from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) through official "State of CA CDPH" caller ID, text, CDPH email address, or in person by CDPH district staff. Only CDPH knows the identity of the person associated with the random number that has been drawn. For more information, see the Terms and Conditions.

Winners were not asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for the cash prize. Any fraudulent activities or misinformation should be reported to rumors@cdph.ca.gov or 1-833-993-3873. Individuals can use this email address or phone number to report any concerns about the authenticity of any contact they have received related to cash prizes.

Did you make public the names of winners?

At the time of the drawing, no names were announced. Winners can decline the prize, or decline publicity associated with the prize.

Does a person need to be a U.S. citizen to win?

No. Eligibility was not determined by immigration status. Those eligible to win must only meet the following criteria:

  • Live in California,
  • Are aged 12 and older,
  • And received at least a first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.

Who was not eligible?

You were not eligible if you are:

  • An employee of certain government agencies or their immediate family member, 
  • Incarcerated,
  • Live outside of California, or
  • Got vaccinated outside of California. 

Prize money will be paid after the winner completes their vaccination series.

I got a call about Vax for the Win that seemed fraudulent. What should I do?

Winners were notified by the California Department of Public Health and were not be asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for the cash prize.

Any fraudulent activities or misinformation can be reported to rumors@cdph.ca.gov or 1-833-993-3873. Individuals should also use this email address or phone number to report any concerns about the authenticity of any contact they have received related to cash prizes.

Is personal health information shared through these vaccine incentive programs?

No, Californians' personal health information is not shared by these programs. The Lottery will assist the programs, but will not receive personally-identifiable information. All entries will be anonymous to them.

The names of winners won't be disclosed without their consent. However, the county of the winner could be announced. The state will ensure the drawings are fair, honest, legal, and protective of personal information.

Who pays for this program?

This program is being paid for by the State of California.

$1.5 million grand prizes and $50,000 Fridays

How will the prize money be paid?

All prize money is subject to taxation and will be paid by the State Controller’s Office. The prize money will also be subject to any back taxes, child support payments, or liens owed by the winner.

Dream Vacations

How will the Dream Vacations be disbursed?

After a winner accepted the Dream Vacation, their name and contact information was provided to the organizer of that trip. The organizer served as the travel liaison for the winner. The organizer contacted the winner within five business days of them accepting the prize to provide details on redeeming the Dream Vacation. 

The organizing companies are:

Is there a choice of Dream Vacations?

No, one winner was chosen for each of six trips:

  • San Francisco (4 people for 5 nights)
  • Greater Palm Springs (2 people for 2 nights)
  • Anaheim/Orange County (4 people for 6 nights)
  • Los Angeles (4 people for 3 nights)
  • San Diego Beach (4 people for 5 nights)
  • San Diego Downtown (4 people for 5 nights)

Do the Dream Vacations expire?

Yes. 

The Anaheim/Orange County Dream Vacation and the San Diego Dream Vacations must be used by May 31, 2022. 

The San Francisco, Greater Palm Springs and Los Angeles Dream Vacations must be used by June 15, 2022.

Are the Dream Vacations taxable?

Yes.

Tickets to Six Flags

How many free tickets are available and who is eligible? 

Six Flags is donating 50,000 free tickets to any Californian who receives their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at participating providers starting June 16, while supplies last.

Which parks are eligible?

The tickets will be eligible at any of the four Six Flags parks in California - Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord.

How will I receive my ticket?

Paper tickets will be provided at the provider’s location at the time of vaccination.

Which providers are distributing tickets and how can I get an appointment?

There are 65 vaccination brick-and-mortar locations and a number of vaccination pop-up sites which will be giving away the tickets through 14 provider organizations. The organizations distributing tickets are the Center for Family Health and Education, the Chinatown Service Center, Clinica Sierra Vista, Community Medical Centers, Elica Health Centers, the JWCH Institute, Lifelong Health, UCI Family Health, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Centers, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers. Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Curative, and Color Health will also be distributing tickets in select locations. The counties covered by the site service areas include Alameda, Contra Costa, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Solano, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba. See the full list of participating locations.

When did participating providers begin distributing tickets?

Participating providers began distributing tickets to newly-vaccinated people beginning on Wednesday, June 16th following the announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom.

What are the terms and conditions of the tickets? 

Tickets are valid until September 6th at any of the four Six Flags parks in California - Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord. Tickets are non-transferrable and not available for resale. Any attempt to resell tickets will result in a deactivation of the ticket.

This information makes vaccination data transparent and accessible to all Californians.

On this page:


Overview of vaccine administration

This chart shows all vaccinations administered in California, by county of residence. This data is updated daily.


Vaccination progress by group

These charts show our progress in vaccinating groups and communities with the most urgent need. You can view by Vaccine Equity Metric (VEM), race and ethnicity, age, either statewide or by county. These charts are updated weekly on Wednesday.

These charts use the California Healthy Places Index (HPI), developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, which explores local factors that predict life expectancy and compares community conditions across the state. The HPI quartiles are the total state population divided into 25% segments based on conditions that shape health, including housing, transportation, and education.

The VEM combines HPI with California Department of Public Health (CDPH)-derived scores. Zip codes range from less healthy community conditions in Quartile 1 to more healthy community conditions in Quartile 4.

Vaccinations by zip code

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This map shows the share of the population that has received COVID-19 vaccine by zip code and the VEM quartiles.

The percentage of those who have received a partial or full series of COVID-19 vaccine out of the total eligible population in each zip code are indicated by gray shading. Darker shades of gray indicate a higher percentage. Lighter shades of gray indicate a lower percentage.

The VEM quartiles are identified by the colors of the circles at the center of each zip code.


Vaccinating equitably across groups

These charts show how California has distributed vaccines to date and over time by VEM, race and ethnicity, age, and gender. Providing this information is voluntary and not required for vaccination. These charts are updated weekly on Wednesday.

Vaccinations to date

This chart shows how doses have been prioritized across VEM quartiles, which align with community health conditions. Our vaccination goals in this area are so important that we tied California’s reopening to them.

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Vaccinations over time

This graph shows our efforts over time to distribute equitably to different quartiles. You can see the progress made after two major policy and logistics changes in early March and mid-March.

Proportion of first vaccine doses by group

These charts show the distribution of first vaccine doses by race and ethnicity, age, and gender to date. Providing this information is voluntary and not required for vaccination.

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More data and tools

California has collected a wide range of data to inform its response to COVID-19. We’ve developed tools to process and analyze this data. These data and tools are available to the public.

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California has no travel restrictions or requirements at this time. Help keep California open and our communities healthy by following CDC travel guidelines.

Current travel recommendations

Whether your travel is domestic or international, follow CDC travel guidelines for testing, masking, and quarantine:

  • Delay travel until you’re fully vaccinated
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, get tested before and after
  • No matter your vaccination status, wear a mask indoors while on public transportation or in a transportation hub
  • Wearing a mask outdoors while traveling is no longer required, but still recommended for unvaccinated individuals

Read more at CDPH’s travel flyer.

Cruise ships

If you’re planning travel on a cruise ship, get vaccinated. The state is recommending that 95% of crew and passengers on cruise ships be vaccinated before docking at ports in California.

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Get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, and free. Vaccination is the most important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this page:

 

How to get vaccinated:

My Turn

Check myturn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255 to book an appointment or find a walk-in site near you. Third doses are available for the immune-compromised.

Vaccines.gov

Use the CDC’s Vaccines.gov to book an appointment or find a walk-in site near you.

You can also check with your healthcare provider or local pharmacy.


Who can get vaccinated

Any Californian aged 12 and up can get vaccinated, for free. 

Your insurance or immigration status does not matter. No one will ask about your immigration status when you get vaccinated.

Vaccinations for kids

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the FDA for kids aged 12 and up. It was found to be safe and effective in protecting children as young as 12 in clinical trials.


How COVID-19 vaccines work

Illustration of a women getting a bandage on her arm after vaccination

Vaccines are highly effective against severe COVID-19. No fully-vaccinated person died due to COVID-19 during clinical trials of the three authorized vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity against the virus. That means it is possible you could still get COVID-19 just after vaccination. 

What we know

  • Vaccinations can prevent nearly all COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths. Post-vaccination cases are extremely rare.
  • Vaccinations reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective against variants of the virus currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant.
  • People with weakened immune systems, including those who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.

What we’re still learning

  • How long COVID-19 vaccine protection lasts.

Once you’re vaccinated

When you’re fully vaccinated, you can return to activities you did before the pandemic. But stay aware of public health recommendations that still apply to you.


Side effects

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some mild side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building immunity. More serious side effects rarely happen.

Mild side effects

Common mild side effects include: 

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling where you got the shot
  • Feeling tired, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea

Side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.

Rare but serious side effects

Blood clots

Rarely, women under 50 who get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have a risk of blood clots with low platelets. This risk is not seen in other COVID-19 vaccines. Read CDPH’s Fact Sheet: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits and Risks.

Myocarditis and pericarditis

Some young people have developed inflammation of heart muscle or membrane after getting a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Despite this, the CDC believes that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks. Read more in these CDPH fact sheets:

Reporting side effects of vaccines

If you have experienced a side effect after COVID-19 vaccination, you can report it to:

  • VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System)
  • V-safe (After Vaccination Health Checker)

When to call the doctor

In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if:

  • The redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours
  • Your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you have a severe reaction, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions.


Booster shots and additional doses

Booster shots are not yet available.

But additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines are now available for those with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. 

This includes people who:

  • Get active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Got an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Got a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Get active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that suppress immune response

Talk to your doctor to see if getting an additional dose is right for you. If you meet these criteria, you can book your third dose at My Turn.

See questions and answers about additional doses.


Digital vaccine record 

You can now get a digital copy of your vaccination record. This is called the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR). It’s available to you if:

  • You got vaccinated in California, and 
  • Your information matches what is recorded in the state’s immunization systems.

 To get your vaccine record:

This digital copy can be used as proof of vaccination. 

See Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about your digital vaccine record.

If you have trouble getting your record

If you couldn’t get your vaccine record, you may need to correct or add some information. Follow the troubleshooting tips at cdph.ca.gov/covidvaccinerecord.

What might prevent you from getting your COVID-19 vaccination record:

  • Your vaccination site does not report to the state’s immunization systems
  • Your vaccination site didn’t report your vaccination
  • The information you entered doesn’t match your record in the registry

To correct or update your vaccine record, start an online chat with My Turn’s Virtual Assistant.

Read CDPH’s Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards for more information.


Vaccine rumors  

California is making sure that the public has accurate information on COVID-19 vaccination.  

If you hear vaccine-related rumors online or in your community, share with us at rumors@cdph.ca.gov.

CDPH reviews all emails to this address to better understand vaccine information gaps. They may contact you for more details.


Spread vaccine awareness

Urge your friends and family to get vaccinated. Find the words at Vaccinate ALL 58, our state’s awareness campaign website.

Share on social media that vaccination against COVID-19 is safe, available, and free. Visit the COVID-19 Response Toolkit page to find images and videos you can post.

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Questions and answers

Getting vaccinated

How many COVID-19 vaccine doses do I need, and how far apart should I get them?

Ideally, you’d get:

  • Two doses for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 21 days apart
  • Two doses for the Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart 
  • Just one dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine

If two shots are needed, get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. If you can’t get it at the recommended interval, you can get your second dose up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. We have limited data on how well these vaccines work beyond this window. But if you get the second dose after 42 days, there is no need to start over.

Third doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are available for those with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. Read Booster shots and additional doses to see if you are eligible.

Can I mix and match COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers?

No, you can’t mix and match different vaccines. Be sure to get the same vaccine the second time that you got the first time. COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other. The safety and effectiveness of mixing vaccines has not been tested.

How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost? 

Nothing. COVID-19 vaccines and their administration are free to the public.

Read more at the Department of Managed Health Care’s Know Your Health Care Rights.

Do I need to be a California resident to get COVID-19 vaccine?

No. Vaccine eligibility is based on age. Residency or immigration status does not matter.

How do I cancel or reschedule my vaccine appointment through My Turn?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you can do so on the Manage your appointments page.

You will be asked to confirm your appointment with:

  • Your appointment confirmation number, and 
  • Either your cell phone number or your email address.

I’ve already had COVID-19. Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. We do not know how long immunity lasts after recovering from COVID-19.

Can I get vaccinated against COVID-19 while I am currently sick with COVID-19?

No. Wait until you have recovered and have met the criteria for ending isolation. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 between their first and second dose.

Will COVID-19 vaccine sites be accessible?

Yes. All vaccine clinics in California are required to meet ADA requirements.

How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine at home if I am unable to travel to a vaccine site?

Check with your healthcare provider, local health department, or local pharmacy. 

If you cannot leave your home, you can state this when booking on myturn.ca.gov or when calling 1-833-422-4255. If eligible, your local health jurisdiction will arrange for your in-home vaccination.

How do I get transportation to a vaccine site?

If you do not have a way to get to a vaccination site, you can receive free transportation through:

Transportation options include:

  • Car transportation for ambulatory patients
  • Non-emergency medical transportation for non-ambulatory patients, including 
    • Wheelchair vans
    • Gurney transportation, and other options. 

You can also check with your healthcare provider, local health department, or local pharmacy.

If you have Medi-Cal managed care, you can get transportation through your health plan or provider. Contact your plan’s member service department to ask for transportation.

If you get Medi-Cal through Fee-for-Service (FFS), you can access a list of transportation providers in your county. Contact them directly to arrange transportation to your appointments. 

If there is not a provider in your area, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) can assist. Email them at DHCSNMT@dhcs.ca.gov. Do NOT include personal information in your first email. DHCS staff will reply with a secure email asking for more information. 

If you need non-emergency medical transportation, please inform your medical provider. They can prescribe this service and put you in touch with a transportation service.

What to expect after vaccination

Will I need a booster vaccination?

At this time, there is no change in the recommendations for all eligible Californians to receive a full series of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of Moderna or Pfizer, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson). Booster doses are not currently recommended.

CDPH is closely following evolving information about the ability of COVID-19 vaccines to protect against variants. Californians will be able to readily access additional doses at a number of locations should they be recommended in the future.

But additional doses are recommended for people with compromised immune systems, specifically those who: 

  • Get active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Got an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Got a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Get active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that suppress immune response

Talk to your doctor to see if getting an additional dose is right for you. If you meet these criteria, you can book your third dose at My Turn.

See questions and answers about additional doses.

What is acceptable as proof of full vaccination?

The following are accepted: 

  • Original DHHS CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card, which includes:
    • Name of person vaccinated
    • Date of birth 
    • Type of vaccine provided
    • Lot number
    • Date last dose administered
    • Site where administered
  • A photo or paper copy of your DHHS CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card
  • A photo of your vaccination record card stored on a phone or other electronic device
  • Paper or digital documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider or other issuer.
  • A Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR). 

Read CDPH’s Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards for complete details.

What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • Two weeks after they receive the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or
  • Two weeks after they receive a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).

See CDPH’s COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People for details.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me test positive for COVID-19?

No. A vaccine will not cause you to test positive on viral tests.

If your body develops an immune response, you may test positive on antibody tests. This shows that you may have protection against the virus.

How is my privacy protected if I take the COVID-19 vaccine?

California law strictly limits how personal information about those who are vaccinated can be shared. California negotiated with the federal government to limit the required data sharing to only information that will not allow an individual to be identified.

Read more at CDPH’s California Data Use Agreement and Frequently Asked Questions.

Should I keep my COVID-19 vaccination record card?

Yes. Keep your vaccination record card in a safe place to prevent loss or damage

The Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR) portal gives you a digital copy of this record. If you’ve lost your paper card, print out your digital record. You can use it at any place where you would show your paper card.

Read CDPH’s Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards for complete details.

Vaccination for children

Do providers need parental consent before administering  a COVID-19 vaccine to a minor?    

Yes. Before vaccinating a minor, vaccine providers must get consent from a:

  • Parent, 
  • Legal guardian, or 
  • Other adults having legal custody. 

There are some exceptions:

  • Emancipated minors do not need the consent of a parent or guardian to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Providers may accept written consent from a parent or legal guardian of an unaccompanied minor. This consent must verify the parent/guardian has received the Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet.
  • Phone or video consent is acceptable. The parent/guardian must confirm that they received the Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet. Reading the fact sheet to the parent/guardian is an option.

Families should check with their vaccine provider on acceptable forms of consent. See CDPH’s Pfizer Vaccine Minor Consent Guidance for more details.

Why should I vaccinate my child?

Cases in children are increasing. It is important to get young people vaccinated to prevent more hospitalizations and deaths.

Vaccinations may stop the spread of coronavirus variants. They can also shrink the pool of people vulnerable to COVID-19. By getting children 12 and up vaccinated, families can be safer as we get back to doing the things we love.

My child has had reactions to other vaccines. Should they still get the vaccine?

Yes, unless they have had anaphylactic-type reactions to components of the Pfizer vaccine. Allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine are rare. If your child has severe allergies or flu vaccine reactions, talk to their doctor before getting them vaccinated.   

Is there an increased vaccination risk to children who have pre-existing conditions like asthma?

Youth aged 12 and up can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine even if they have health conditions. Talk to your doctor or clinic about your child’s specific conditions.

Will my child have to get vaccinated before returning to in-person schooling?

No. Vaccination isn’t currently required to return to in-person learning. But the state’s goal is to get as many of our 2.1 million 12- to 15-year-olds vaccinated before the new fall term. Vaccination will protect young people against more-contagious coronavirus variants and COVID-19.

Why is the vaccine only for adolescents 12 and over? When will vaccines be available for younger children?

Vaccine trials begin with older, more vulnerable populations, then extend to younger ages. Adolescents were the next group prioritized because they are most like adults. Also, they are more likely than younger kids to spread the virus and become seriously ill. This approach balances the need for safety and speed, while protecting our children.

Both Pfizer and Moderna have ongoing clinical trials in kids younger than 12. If all goes well, authorization for this next age group could happen later this year. Johnson & Johnson is currently in clinical trials for the 12-17 age group.

Vaccinations for employees

I’m an employer and want to help my employees get vaccinated. How do I do that?

The Employer Vaccination Toolkit provides all the information you need to:

  • Partner with local providers for offsite vaccination events
  • Request a worksite mobile clinic
  • Help employees find and book vaccination appointments
  • Share and promote resources that support employees in getting vaccinated

Can an employer require COVID-19 vaccination for all employees entering a workplace?

Yes, if certain requirements are met. Under the ADA, an employer may insist all employees to meet a standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity. This could include a safety-related standard requiring COVID-19 vaccination.  

But if an employee cannot meet such a standard because of a disability, the employer may not require that they comply. The exception to that is if the employee’s non-compliance poses a threat to their health or safety or that of others in the workplace.

For more details, read What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.

Are people with certain jobs required to be vaccinated?

Yes. In California these include healthcare workers, those who work in congregate settings, state employees, and K-12 teachers and school staff.

Healthcare workers and those who work in congregate settings (like homeless shelters and correctional facilities) must be fully vaccinated. Exceptions can only be made for those with:

  • Conflicting religious beliefs, or
  • Qualified medical reasons. 

If they are not fully vaccinated, they are required to get tested for COVID-19 regularly and wear masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. Read more in: 

California state employees must also be fully vaccinated or be regularly tested for COVID-19. See details at CalHR’s Vaccine Verification and Testing Requirements.

K-12 teachers and school employees in California must verify that they are fully vaccinated, or be tested weekly for COVID-19.

Vaccine limitations

If I get a COVID-19 vaccine, will I still need a flu shot this fall?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccine does not provide protection against flu.

Are there certain populations who should not get a COVID-19 vaccine? What about people with allergies?

The CDC recommends that:

  • If you have had a severe or immediate reaction to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, do not get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the Janssen vaccine.
  • If you have had a severe or immediate reaction to any ingredient in the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, do not get the Janssen vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • If you had an immediate allergic reaction after getting the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, do not get the second dose.  
  • If you are allergic to PEG, you should not get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the Janssen vaccine.
  • If you are allergic to polysorbate, you should not get the Janssen vaccine. Ask your doctor if you can get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

People with underlying medical conditions can get vaccinated, as long as they are not allergic to vaccine ingredients. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions.

To learn about the ingredients in authorized COVID-19 vaccines, see

If I’m pregnant or breastfeeding, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The CDC states that pregnant and lactating individuals can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Experts have no vaccination safety concerns for pregnant or lactating women or their babies. The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain the live virus, so they cannot cause COVID-19.

Pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 than those who are not pregnant. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information, read:

How long should I wait to get the vaccine after I’ve had COVID-19?

The CDC recommends:

  • If you tested positive, had only mild symptoms, and were not treated for the coronavirus, you should:
    • Wait at least 10 days after the start of COVID-19 symptoms, and 
    • Meet criteria to stop isolation before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wait 90 days to get the vaccine if:
    • You recovered from a COVID-19 infection, and 
    • Were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma.

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as another vaccine?

Yes, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines (like for the flu) at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between different vaccinations. Learn more about getting more than one kind of vaccine.

Vaccine choices

Will I have a choice between the various COVID-19 vaccines?

Yes. Both My Turn and VaccineFinder allow you to search for vaccines by manufacturer.

Read CDPH’s Choosing the COVID-19 Vaccine That is Right for You.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines FDA-approved?

One is. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, now named Comirnaty, has full FDA approval for use in anyone aged 16 and up. 

The FDA can allow using vaccines before full approval. This is called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). It lets us respond quickly to emergency situations like a pandemic. EUAs still involve rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness.

The Pfizer vaccine has an EUA for use in children aged 12 to 15. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have EUAs for use in anyone aged 18 and up.

If you’ve been waiting for full FDA approval of a vaccine before getting vaccinated, the wait is over. Visit My Turn and book your Pfizer vaccination today.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines mandatory? 

No. Neither the state or federal government requires you to get vaccinated. We hope Californians will opt for vaccination once they see how safe and effective it is.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit a healthcare facility?

Yes. Visitors to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and intermediate care facilities must show proof that they are fully vaccinated. If they are not fully vaccinated, they may only visit if they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

All visitors, no matter their vaccination status, must wear masks and appropriate PPE and keep social distance during their visit. Read more in CDPH’s Requirements for Visitors in Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care Settings.

How can I convince my family and friends to take a COVID-19 vaccine?

Talking with family and friends about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine can be hard. Try to listen without judgement and identify the root of their concerns. Things to remember to help open the discussion include:

  • Listen to questions with empathy
  • Ask open-ended questions to explore concerns
  • Ask permission to share information
  • Help them find their own reason to get vaccinated
  • Help make their vaccination happen

Read the CDC’s How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family.


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How California is addressing health inequity

COVID-19 has highlighted existing inequities in health. Many of these inequities are the result of structural racism. One form this takes is the unequal distribution of and access to health care resources.

Committed to a California for All, the state is identifying communities most impacted and directing resources to address COVID-19 health inequities. Reducing COVID-19 risk in all communities is good for everyone, and California is committed to making it part of our reopening plan.

State public health leaders cannot address COVID-19 health inequities alone. A healthy California for everyone requires partnership with the private sector, local government, and community partners at all levels.

The disparities in our diverse communities are severe

COVID-19 disproportionately affects California’s low income, Latino, Black, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as essential workers such as those in health care, grocery, and cleaning services.

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Reopening equitably

California took action to ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine. For example, we partnered with mobile clinics in local school districts and places of worship. We also provided free transportation to vaccine sites. We’re still working to provide access to vaccines in our hardest-hit communities.

See how communities are impacted in your county

COVID-19 impact by race and ethnicity

Latino, Black, and Pacific Islander communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. We have made some strides in addressing disparities within these communities, but we must do better.

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COVID-19 health equity metric

The health equity metric measures the positivity rate in the most disproportionately-impacted communities. These communities are identified in the Healthy Places Index, developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, as census tracts that have less healthy community conditions such as low median income, education completeness, and health care access.

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We know a lot about the impact of COVID-19 on certain communities, but we can better invest our resources by increasing the collection of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation and gender identity data. This data collection requires close cooperation with private sector partners, laboratories, and state and county officials. View resources on how to improve reporting on race and ethnicity and sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Underlying health conditions

Existing health problems can increase the severity of COVID-19. Examples include heart conditions, obesity, kidney disease, and diabetes, all of which are more common in communities of color.

A history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) increases risk for chronic health conditions including heart disease, obesity, kidney disease, and diabetes and may increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

  • ACEs are experiences of abuse, neglect, and household challenges occurring by age 18 and are associated with long-term risk for poorer physical, mental, and behavioral health.
  • Exposure to prolonged ACEs, when experienced without protective buffering factors, can lead to changes to the biological stress response which can affect immune functioning (the toxic stress response).
  • Individuals with a history of ACEs may also be more sensitive to the effects of new stressors, such as those presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. See how to manage stress for health.

Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian. Get vaccinated to reduce the need for testing.

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How to get tested

Find testing near you

See a map of testing sites near you at the link below.

Find a testing location

More testing sites may be available at your area’s COVID-19 website.

Use an at-home test

Many drug stores now carry at-home kits. These let you test yourself and get results within minutes. They are available over the counter, without a prescription. Check with your local pharmacy or retail store.

Read more about at-home tests at the CDC’s Self-Testing page.

Get tested with OptumServe

California has partnered with OptumServe to provide free, confidential testing statewide. Tests are available for everyone, including:

  • Underserved communities
  • Individuals who are at high risk

Tests are by appointment only. Find a location near you and make an appointment at:

Register for testing

If you do not have internet access, call 1-888-634-1123.

OptumServe community testing sites serve all individuals who qualify for a test. This includes uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. You do not need a driver’s license to get this test.


Cost for testing

There are no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing at a testing site. An insured person can get a COVID-19 test when needed by any provider, in or out of their health plan network, at no cost. If you’re uninsured, the government pays for your test.


Testing guidance

As vaccinations rise across California, CDPH is adapting testing guidance to focus on:

  • High-risk populations, and 
  • Those who are not vaccinated.

Testing provides insights into community prevalence and transmission. It lets us track the introduction of new variants into the community and the evolution of the virus.

In general,

  • Fully-vaccinated individuals do not need screening tests in non-healthcare settings
  • Asymptomatic employees in healthcare settings should still get screening tests. This is true no matter their vaccination status. There are a few exceptions:
    • Facilities may stop routine testing of asymptomatic staff who are fully vaccinated where:
      • More than 70% of residents and more than 70% staff are fully vaccinated in a long-term care facility, or
      • More than 70% of staff are fully vaccinated in an acute health care facility.
    • Facilities may continue routine testing for fully-vaccinated staff with compromised immune systems. Examples are those who have undergone organ transplantation or cancer treatment. These conditions might impact the level of protection provided by COVID-19 vaccine.
  • All individuals with symptoms or who have been exposed to COVID-19 should get tested.
  • Testing before entry, admission, competition, or travel:
    • Unvaccinated people should get tested before joining in activities that put them or others at higher risk for COVID-19 exposure. For example:
      • Attending large indoor social or mass gatherings, like:
        • Large private events
        • Live performance events
        • Sporting events
        • Theme parks
      • Competing in high risk sports
      • Attending events in crowded or poorly-ventilated settings

Read CDPH’s Updated Testing Guidance to find out who needs to get tested, when, and how often.


Questions and answers

What should I do if I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

Get tested, even if you’re vaccinated. Know your status so you can avoid infecting others. 

If you have symptoms, stay home and self-isolate from others in your household.

Does my health plan have to cover my COVID-19 test at a testing site? 

Yes. Federal guidance requires health plans to provide testing at no cost to everyone. You do not need to have symptoms or to have been exposed to COVID-19. You do not need to be an “essential worker” to get tested.

To get tested you can go to any COVID-19 testing provider authorized or licensed by the state. You do not need to go to a provider that is in your health plan’s or health insurer’s provider network. You do not need to get permission from your health plan or health insurer before going to get a COVID-19 test. And you do not need to pay a co-payment for a COVID-19 test.

What if I don’t have health insurance and I need COVID-19 testing or care?

For the uninsured, the government pays for all necessary COVID-19 testing and care. Check your symptoms using the Symptom Screener or by talking to your doctor.

How long does it take for coronavirus test results to come back?

Turnaround time for coronavirus test results is usually less than two days. About two-thirds come back within a day, and more than 85% are available within two days.

This turnaround time includes shipping time. For labs that process home testing kits, turnaround time depends on when you mail back your kit.

If you haven’t received your test results and it’s been several days, contact:

  • Your healthcare provider,
  • Testing service, or 
  • Local health department.

Read more at California’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force.

What is acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result?

The following are accepted:

  • Printed document from your test provider or laboratory
  • An email or text message displayed on your phone from your test provider or laboratory

Results should include name of person tested, type of test, and date of negative test result. For PCR, the date of negative result must be within the prior 72 hours. For antigen, the date of negative result must be within the prior 24 hours.

When can I be around other people after I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms?

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since your test.

The CDC has recommendations for people who test positive but have no symptoms.

If I test positive for COVID-19 in a viral test, what should I do to protect others in my household?

You should self-isolate from others in your household who have not tested positive. Sleep and stay in a separate room from them, and use a separate bathroom, if possible. Multiple infected people in the same household can use the same room for isolation.

Members of your household should get tested right away. They should quarantine for at least 14 days: 

  • Close contacts who never showed symptoms may discontinue quarantine after Day 10 from the date of last exposure without testing.
  • If you are released from quarantine before Day 14 after exposure, you must:
    • Watch yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms through Day 14. If symptoms occur, immediately self-isolate and get tested.
    • Wear a mask around others, wash your hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet from others through Day 14.

You do not have to quarantine if:

  • You recovered from COVID-19 within the past 3 months and have no new symptoms.
  • You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show no symptoms.

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Schools may reopen fully for in-person instruction. Local school officials will decide whether and when that will occur.Schools may not reopen fully for in-person instruction until the county has been in the Substantial (red) tier for 5 days. School officials may decide to conduct in-person instruction for a limited set of students in small cohorts.

Note on exception: Schools that have already re-opened if the county was in a less restrictive tier do not have to close. However, if a school had not already reopened for in-person instruction, it may not reopen until the county moves back to the Substantial (red) tier for 5 consecutive days.
See CA Safe Schools for All hub, schools guidance, and cohorting FAQs.

Thanks to millions of vaccinations, California’s economy is open. There are no county tiers, capacity limits, or physical distancing requirements. But COVID-19 has not gone away. To safely go about our daily lives, we need to keep taking steps to prevent the spread.

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What to do now

Do what it takes to stay safe until COVID-19 is under control. Use these tools to reduce the risk of infection.

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Vaccinations

If you’re 12 or older, get vaccinated. It’s our best tool to end the pandemic. Vaccination is safe, effective, and free.

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Masks

Wear a mask to keep from spreading the virus to those with no defense, like the immune-compromised and children under 12.

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Testing

Get tested for COVID-19 if you may have been exposed. It’s free and confidential for everyone in California.

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Exposure notifications

Turn on exposure notifications in your Apple or Android phone. CA Notify can then alert you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive.

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Education and childcare

As kids return to in-person learning, find out requirements for masking, vaccinating, and testing.

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Workplace safety

Employers are responsible for keeping the work environment safe. See the state’s rules and standards to support this.

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Mega-events

Mega-events are indoor events with 1,000 or more people and outdoor events with 10,000 or more people. Attendee rules apply for each.

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Travel

Keep California healthy and our communities open by following CDC travel guidelines.


Do’s and don’ts for daily life

Protect yourself and others by keeping these common-sense safety steps in mind.

Do

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a mask where required, in public indoor spaces, and on public transit
  • Turn on exposure notifications on your phone
  • Get tested if you’re sick
  • Honor mask rules in place at a private business
  • Get tested if required by your workplace
  • Wear a mask when you travel

Don’t

  • Lose your proof of vaccination
  • Think you can’t get the virus or pass it on because you feel well
  • Assume everyone is vaccinated
  • Expect all COVID-19 rules everywhere to be lifted
  • Travel into the U.S. without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test
  • Attend large events if you’re sick
  • Travel if you’re sick

Read the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself and Others and CDPH’s COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.


Past restrictions

Reopening California 

California has moved Beyond the Blueprint to safely and fully reopen the economy. 

As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

The public health order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth.

Restrictions that ended on June 15 include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits on businesses
  • County tier system

Read the Governor’s orders N-07-21 and N-08-21. Find details in CDPH’s Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors and the Beyond the Blueprint Questions and Answers.

Retiring the Blueprint map

Under the old Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework, every California county was assigned to a risk-level tier. Based on their positivity rate, adjusted case rate, and/or health equity metric (for counties with populations more than 106,000), counties faced varying degrees of activity and capacity restrictions. The weekly status was shown on a map with four tier colors: purple, red, orange, and yellow.

The Blueprint framework was California’s reality from August 2020 to June 2021, but it is no longer in effect. You can find the latest data about your county on the State Dashboard.

See how tier restrictions were assigned and changed, as well as historical county data at CDPH’s Blueprint Data Archive.

Housing for the Harvest is a program that offers services to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by supporting them as they self-isolate.

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How the program works 

Farm and food processing workers play an essential role in maintaining our food supply. But some who need to self-isolate are finding it difficult due to their housing situation.

The State offers in-home quarantine support in participating counties for workers who need to self-isolate for up to 14 days. The State coordinates with local administrators who manage the program.

Local administrators:

  • Serve as primary point of contact with workers who need to self-isolate 
  • Verify participant eligibility
  • Provide services including transportation, meals, and wellness checks
  • Ensure services are provided in the participant’s language
  • Collect data required for FEMA reimbursement, and
  • Provide financial assistance for those quarantining.

Some local administrators also offer hotel quarantine options.

Local administrators are identified in coordination with the State government. They may be a county or city agency, tribe, non-profit organization, or a philanthropic organization.  


Who qualifies

Participants must meet these criteria:

  • Work in California food processing or agriculture  
  • Meet FEMA non-congregate sheltering criteria for COVID-19: 
    • Have tested positive, or 
    • Been exposed as documented by a public health official or medical health professional
  • Need support to isolate at home 

How to get help

Participate in Housing for the Harvest by contacting the administrator for your county:


How your county or organization can participate

If your county or organization would like to be a local administrator, please contact HousingforHarvest@dss.ca.gov. See more details in this Program Overview.


Funding and program costs

State funding will cover eligible costs for transportation, meals, wellness checks, and any other services for in-home quarantining through an agreement with the county. Philanthropy may cover additional costs. Some costs may be eligible for FEMA reimbursement by the county.  

California has collected a wide range of data to inform its response to COVID-19, and developed tools to help process and analyze that data. These are made available to everyone for transparency.

On this page:


Data models

The California COVID-19 Assessment Tool (CalCat) is a model to inform state and local response. You can find nowcasts, forecasts, and scenarios:

https://calcat.covid19.ca.gov


Data dashboards

Statewide case statistics and demographics 

This includes positive cases, deaths, and testing results.

View statewide dashboard

View confirmed case and death data on Open Data Portal

View testing data on Open Data Portal

View probable case data on Open Data Portal

Statewide vaccination statistics and demographics 

This includes an overview of COVID-19 vaccines administered and vaccination progress by group.

View vaccine progress data on Open Data Portal

View vaccine progress data by zip code on Open Data Portal

The impact on hospitals in the state of California 

This includes suspected and positive hospitalized patients by county, including ICU patients.

View hospital dashboard

View hospital data on Open Data Portal

COVID-19 outbreaks 

This dataset contains statewide numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks and associated cases, categorized by setting, reported to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) since January 1, 2021.

View COVID-19 data on Open Data Portal

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) distribution

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) distributed by California Governor’s Logistics Task Force. PPE products include N-95 respirators, procedure masks, gowns, face shields and gloves.

View PPE distribution dashboard

The impact on our homeless population

The impact of Project Roomkey and other measures to help homeless Californians. This includes room acquisition, room occupancy, and trailer distribution.

View homeless dashboard


Databases

The COVID-19 database is available for you in two ways:

  1. Access the database directly in ready-to-query SQL format at

    Snowflake Data Marketplace

    If you are not a Snowflake customer

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  2. Access the data through the

    California Open Data Portal


Data dictionaries

The COVID-19 datasets contain the following information. Some of these data dictionaries map back to the data dashboards above.

COVID-19 VACCINE DATA

Verified by the California Department of Public Health.

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
DOSES ADMINISTEREDNumericNumber of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered and reported to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR2), the Healthy Futures Registry, and the San Diego Immunization Registry.Daily
PERCENT DOSES
ADMINISTERED
NumericPercent of total doses administered.Daily
AVERAGE DOSES PER DAY NumericRepresents the average number of vaccine doses reported per day. 7-day rolling average of doses administered 3-10 days prior.Daily
PEOPLE PARTIALLY VACCINATEDNumericNumber of individuals who have received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.Daily
PERCENT PEOPLE PARTIALLY
VACCINATED
NumericPercent of population ≥ 12 years of age.Daily
PEOPLE FULLY VACCINATEDNumericNumber of individuals who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen vaccine.Daily
PERCENT PEOPLE FULLY
VACCINATED
NumericPercent of population ≥ 12 years of age.Daily
DOSES ON HANDNumericNumber of Doses on
hand.
Daily
DAYS OF
INVENTORY
NumericDays of inventory = Number of Doses on
hand / 7 day Rolling average administered
Daily
DOSES DELIVEREDNumericNumber of COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered. Includes direct federal allocations and federal pharmacy partnership programs but does not include doses delivered to the following federal entities: Indian Health Service, Department of Defense, U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Veterans Affairs. Daily
CDC
PHARMACY DOSES
DELIVERED
NumericNumber of COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered to the CDC Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) Program and the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.Daily
DOSES ADMINISTERED
BY COUNTY OF RESIDENCE
NumericNumber of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by the county of vaccine recipient’s residence. If the county of residence is not reported, the county where the individual was vaccinated is used.Daily
HPI QUARTILEStringScore based on Healthy Places Index that measures levels of community health, ranging from least healthy community conditions (Quartile 1) to most health community conditions (Quartile 4).Infrequently
VACCINATED_
RACE_
ETHNICITY
StringRace and ethnicity categories of persons vaccinated.  Daily
VACCINATED_
RACE_ ETHNICITY_
PERCENTAGE
FloatPercentage of persons vaccinated within a defined race and ethnicity category. Daily
VACCINATED_
AGE_GROUP
StringAge categories of persons vaccinated. Daily
VACCINATED_
AGE_
PERCENTAGE
FloatPercentage of persons vaccinated within a defined age group.Daily
VACCINATED_
GENDER
StringGender of persons vaccinated. Daily
VACCINATED_
GENDER_
PERCENTAGE
FloatPercentage of persons vaccinated within a defined gender.Daily
MCE/LHJ/LTCFStringJurisdiction of the vaccine providerDaily
TYPEStringType of provider, either Multi-County Entity (MCE), Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ), Long Term Care Facility Pharmacy Partnership (LTCF)Daily
ORG NAMEStringName of vaccine providerDaily
DOSES ON HANDNumericThis is self-reported daily inventory data into VaccineFinder managed at the federal level by CDC. The data are pulled every day at 6am from Operation Warp Speed TiberiusDaily
LAST REPORT
DATE
NumericDaily

COVID-19 CASES DATA

Verified by the California Department of Public Health.

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
COUNTYStringCounty for which case and death statistics were reported.Daily
TOTAL CONFIRMED CASESNumericCumulative number of laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported by local health departments, since the start of the pandemic.Daily
TOTAL COVID-19 ASSOCIATED DEATHSNumericCumulative number of COVID-19-associated deaths reported by local health departments, since the start of the pandemic. Local health departments use multiple sources to confirm that a death is COVID-associated, including speaking with physicians, reviewing medical records, and consulting with medical examiners. COVID-associated deaths are also counted in “Total Confirmed Cases”.Daily
NEW CASES NumericNumber of new lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported by local health departments each day.Daily
NEW DEATHS NumericNumber of new COVID-19 associated deaths reported by local health departments each day.Daily
EPISODE DATE NumericThe earliest of the following dates (if the dates exist): date received, date of diagnosis, date of symptom onset, specimen collection date, or date of death.Daily
REPORTED DATE NumericThe date the COVID-19 related event was reported to the California Department of Public Health.Daily
DEATH DATENumericThe date a COVID-19 associated death occurred.Daily

HOSPITALS DATA

Verified by the California Department of Public Health, in partnership with the California Hospitals Association.

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
COUNTYStringThe county where the hospital is located. None of the consolidated reporters had hospitals in different counties.Never
TODAY’S DATE NumericDate for which counts were reported.Daily. 
PREVIOUS DAY’S COVID CONFIRMED  PATIENTSNumericThe number of new patients admitted the previous calendar day to an inpatient bed who have laboratory-confirmed COVID. This field should not include all patients in the hospital the previous day but instead detail COVID counts among new admissions only. This includes all inpatients, and does not include patients in affiliated clinics, outpatient departments, emergency departments and overflow locations awaiting an inpatient bed. Additional clarification added on June 16, 2020.Daily
PREVIOUS DAY’s SUSPECTED COVID PATIENTSNumericThe number of symptomatic patients, with tests for COVID pending laboratory confirmation, admitted the previous calendar day to an inpatient bed. This field should not include all patients in the hospital the previous day but instead detail COVID counts among new admissions only. This includes all inpatients, and does not include patients in affiliated clinics, outpatient departments, emergency departments and overflow locations awaiting an inpatient bed. Patients should be included in this field if they are suspected COVID positive at the time of admission regardless of how their status may have changed by the time data are entered the following day. Additional clarification added on June 16, 2020.Daily
PREVIOUS DAY’S CONVERSION TO COVID CONFIRMEDNumericThe number of total patients in the facility (irrespective of when they were admitted) whose status changed to COVID confirmed positive on the previous calendar day. This will include any individual who, on the previous day, had laboratory results return to confirm a COVID diagnosis where previously their diagnosis was unconfirmed. Added to SmartSheet June 16, 2020.Daily
HOSPITALIZED COVID CONFIRMED PATIENTSNumericThe number of patients hospitalized in an inpatient bed who have laboratory-confirmed COVID. This is not a cumulative number. This includes all inpatients (including those in ICUs and Medical/Surgical units), and does not include patients in affiliated clinics, outpatient departments, emergency departments and overflow locations awaiting an inpatient bed. As of April 21, 2020, COVID ED patients were removed from the Hospitalized COVID count and counted separately, see “ED/Overflow COVID Patients.”Daily
HOSPITALIZED SUSPECTED COVID PATIENTSNumericThe number of patients hospitalized in an inpatient bed without a laboratory-confirmed COVID diagnosis who, in accordance with CDC’s Interim Public Health Guidance for Evaluating Persons Under Investigation (PUIs), have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID (most patients with confirmed COVID have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness, such as cough, shortness of breath or myalgia/fatigue). This includes all inpatients (including those in ICUs and Medical/Surgical units), and does not include patients in affiliated clinics, outpatient departments, emergency departments and overflow locations awaiting an inpatient bed. As of April 21, 2020, Suspected COVID ED patients were removed from the Hospitalized Suspected COVID count and counted separately, see “ED/Overflow COVID Patients.”Daily
HOSPITALIZED COVID PATIENTSNumericThe number of patients currently hospitalized in an inpatient bed who have suspected or confirmed COVID. Added to SmartSheet April 21, 2020.Never – This is a calculated field.
ALL HOSPITAL BEDSNumericThe total number of beds in the facility, including all surge beds, inpatient and outpatient post-surgical beds, labor and delivery unit beds, and observation beds. This includes the total number of beds for which the hospital could provide staff and equipment and is not necessarily reflective of the beds that are staffed at the time the facility reports. This field does not include emergency department (ED) bays. Added to SmartSheet April 21, 2020.Infrequently
ICU COVID CONFIRMED PATIENTSNumericThe number of laboratory-confirmed positive COVID patients that are in the ICU at the hospital. This includes all ICU beds (NICU, PICU, and adult). Additional clarification added on June 16, 2020.Daily
ICU SUSPECTED COVID PATIENTSNumericThe number of symptomatic patients, with tests for COVID pending laboratory confirmation, that are in the ICU at the hospital. This includes all ICU beds (NICU, PICU, and adult). Additional clarification added on June 16, 2020.Daily
ICU AVAILABLE BEDSNumericThe number of ICU beds available at the hospital. This includes all ICU beds (NICU, PICU, and adult). Additional clarification added on June 16, 2020.Never. This is a calculated field.

LOGISTICS DATA

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) fulfilled by California Office of Emergency Services.

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
COUNTYStringCounty requesting the productDaily
PRODUCT FAMILYStringSummary level category of the productDaily
QUANTITY FILLEDNumericQuantity of product sent to a warehouse/agency for fulfillmentDaily
SHIPPING ZIP/
POSTAL CODE
NumericZip where the facility is located that is receiving the shipped product.Never

LAB TESTING DATA

Current state of test results reported.

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
COUNTYStringCounty for which COVID-19 tests were reported.Daily 
TOTAL COVID-19 MOLECULAR TESTSNumericCumulative number of COVID-19 molecular tests (polymerase chain reaction [PCR] tests only) performed by laboratories.Daily
NEW COVID-19 MOLECULAR TESTSNumericNumber of new COVID-19 molecular tests (polymerase chain reaction [PCR] tests only) performed by laboratories each day. Daily
REPORTED DATENumericThe date the COVID-19 test was reported to the California Department of Public Health. Daily
TESTING DATENumericThe earliest date the specimen was collected for testing. Daily
TEST POSITIVITYNumericThe number of positive molecular tests divided by the total number of molecular tests done. Calculation is (7-day sum positive tests) / (7-day sum total tests), by testing date. Prior to March 12, 2021, test positivity was previously reported and calculated as the number of confirmed cases divided by the total number of molecular tests done averaged over a 7 or 14 day period. Daily

CASE DEMOGRAPHICS RACE AND ETHNICITY

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
RACE_ETHNICITYStringRace and ethnicity categories of COVID-19 cases and deaths as reported by local health departments.  Daily
CASE_PERCENTAGEFloatPercentage of COVID-19 cases within a defined race and ethnicity category. Daily
DEATH_PERCENTAGEFloatPercentage of COVID-19-associated deaths within a defined race and ethnicity category.Daily
PERCENTAGE_CA
_POPULATION
FloatRatio of State population within a defined race and ethnicity category. Daily

CASE DEMOGRAPHICS SEX

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
GENDERStringGender of COVID-19 cases and deaths as reported by local health departments.Daily
CASE_PERCENTAGEFloatPercentage of COVID-19 cases within a defined gender.Daily
DEATH_PERCENTAGEFloatPercentage of COVID-19 associated deaths within a defined gender.Daily
PERCENTAGE_CA
_POPULATION
FloatRatio of State population within a defined gender category.Daily

CASE DEMOGRAPHICS AGE

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
AGE_GROUPStringAge categories of COVID-19 cases and deaths as reported by local health departments.Daily
CASE_PERCENTAGEFloatPercentage of COVID-19 cases within a defined age group.Daily
DEATH_PERCENTAGEFloatPercentage of COVID-19-associated deaths within a defined age group. Daily
PERCENTAGE_CA
_POPULATION
FloatRatio of State population within a defined age group.Daily

COVID-19 OUTBREAKS

Verified by the California Department of Public Health.

COLUMN NAMEFORMATDEFINITIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
JURISDICTIONPlain textJurisdiction where the outbreak occurred
Values include:California
Biweekly
INDUSTRYSECTORPlain textIndustry sector in which the outbreak occurred.

Values include:
Industry Sectors, as classified in the US Census Bureau 2012 Industry Code List. Each industry sector includes a number of individual industries.
Biweekly
INDIVIDUAL SETTINGPlain textIndividual industry in which the outbreak occurred.

Values include:
Individual industries, as classified in the US Census Bureau 2012 Industry Code List.
Biweekly
INDCODENumberCensus industry code for the individual industry in which the outbreak occurred.

Values include:
4-digit individual industry codes, as classified in the US Census Bureau 2012 Industry Code List.
Biweekly
OUTBREAK_TOTALNumberTotal number of confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks reported to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the corresponding individual industry
Value:Positive numeric
Biweekly
CASE_TOTALNumberTotal number of associated cases in reported outbreaks in the corresponding individual industry
Value:Positive numeric
Biweekly
OUTBREAK_NEWNumberNumber of new confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks reported in the past 30 days to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the corresponding individual industry
Value:Positive numeric
Biweekly
CASE_NEWNumberNumber of associated cases for outbreaks reported in the past 30 days to CDPH in the corresponding individual industry
Value:Positive numeric
Biweekly

HOMELESS IMPACT

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
COUNTYStringCountyDaily
DATEDateReporting dateDaily
ROOMSNumberThe point in time number of hotel/motel rooms a community has secured for individuals experiencing homelessness in need of isolation. These rooms are secured through an occupancy agreement or other type of arrangement with a Hotel/Motel ownerDaily
ROOMS_OCCUPIEDNumberThe point in time number of rooms secured in which a Project Roomkey participant has moved intoDaily
TRAILER_REQUESTEDNumberTotal number of Project Roomkey trailers the community has formally submitted a request for or has been designated to receive
TRAILERS_DELIVEREDNumberThe total number of Project Roomkey trailers the community has received from the state (to be delivered and counted the community must also have necessary trailer supports in place)
DONATED_TRAILERS
_DELIVERED
NumberTotal number of donated Project Roomkey trailers delivered statewide

BED SURGE

VARIABLEFORMATDESCRIPTIONUPDATE FREQUENCY
STATUSStringThe condition of the facilityDaily
TYPE_OF_FACILITYStringThe type of place that will be utilized to support the medical surgeDaily
COUNTYStringCounty the facility resides inDaily
BEDS_READY_TO_ACCEPT
_PATIENTS
NumberNumber of beds assembled and ready for patientsDaily
PATIENTS_IN_BEDSNumberNumber of patients at the facility
TOTAL_BEDSNumberTotal number of beds expected to be ready to accept patients
DATEDateDate reported

Contact info

Email StateInfo@state.ca.gov with any questions about these datasets.


Questions and answers

Is there a dashboard that shows California’s progress in administering COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. You can find it on our Vaccination progress data page.

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    Here are California’s current mask recommendations and requirements.

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    Masks in daily life

    These are the statewide guidelines for masks. Your local area may have more. Check your area’s COVID-19 website.

    • Everyone is required to wear masks in the following settings:
      • Public transit
      • Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities)
      • Adult and senior care facilities
      • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings
      • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
      • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
    Illustration of a man and a woman wearing masks while riding a train

    • Masks are required for unvaccinated people and recommended for everyone in indoor public places, like:
      • Retail
      • Restaurants
      • Theaters
      • Family entertainment centers
      • Meetings
      • State and local government offices that serve the public

    See CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings and Face Coverings Q&A to learn more.

    Read Get the Most out of Masking to learn how a mask can best protect you.

    Mask-wearing exemptions

    The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:

    • Children under two years old, due to the risk of suffocation.
    • People with:
      • A medical condition, 
      • Mental health condition, or 
      • Disability that precludes wearing a mask. This includes:
        • Those for whom a mask could obstruct breathing
        • Who are unconscious or incapacitated 
        • Unable to remove a mask without assistance
    • People for whom seeing the mouth is essential for communication:
      • Hearing impaired, or 
      • Those communicating with a person who is hearing impaired.
    • People for whom wearing a mask would create a risk as they work, as determined by:
      • Local, state, or federal regulators, or 
      • Workplace safety guidelines.

    See complete mask exemptions details at CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.


    Masks in the workplace

    Cal/OSHA has aligned workplace mask requirements with general mask guidance from the CDPH.

    • Masks are not required outdoors (except during outbreaks), regardless of vaccination status. Workers should be trained for outdoor use of face coverings.
    • Masks are not required for fully-vaccinated employees indoors, but they are recommended. Employers must document employees’ vaccination status. 
      • There are some settings where masks are required regardless of vaccination status. In outbreaks, all employees must wear masks indoors and outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
    • Employers must provide unvaccinated employees with NIOSH-certified respirator masks for voluntary use when:
      • Working indoors, or 
      • In a vehicle with others.
    • Unvaccinated workers must wear masks in state offices.

    For more information, see Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), the state public health officer order of July 26, 2021, and CalHR’s Vaccine Verification and Testing Requirements.


    Guidance for businesses

    In settings where masks are still required, businesses, venue operators, or hosts may choose to:

    • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow individuals to self-attest that they are fully vaccinated or meet an approved masking exemption prior to entry.
    • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask. 
    • Require all patrons to wear masks.

    No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.


    Questions and answers

    Which employers must require employees to wear masks under certain conditions?

    The COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) applies to all employers, employees, and to all places of employment with the following exceptions:

    • Work locations where there is only one employee who does not have contact with other people
    • Employees who are working from home
    • Employees who are covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases regulation
    • Employees working from a location chosen by the employee, which is not under the control of the employer (for instance, an employee teleworking from a café or a friend’s home).

    Unvaccinated workers must be provided respirators and are strongly encouraged to wear them in healthcare settings like hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, and they are required to wear surgical masks in high-risk congregate living settings and other healthcare settings such as homeless shelters and state and local correctional facilities and detention centers, as outlined in the state public health officer order of July 26, 2021.

    State employees who work on-site and are unvaccinated must also wear masks. This is outlined in CalHR’s Vaccine Verification and Testing Requirements.

    What are the mask requirements at workplaces?

    The COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) requires employers to provide employees who are not fully vaccinated with NIOSH-certified respirator masks. They must ensure they are worn over the nose and mouth when indoors, in vehicles, and when required by orders from the CDPH. No employees need to use masks outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, unless there is an outbreak.

    The state public health officer order of July 26, 2021 requires unvaccinated employees in certain healthcare settings to be provided respirators, and requires unvaccinated employees in congregate living facilities and other healthcare settings to wear surgical masks at work. Congregate living facilities include adult and senior residential settings, homeless shelters, and state and local correctional facilities and detention centers.

    CalHR’s Vaccine Verification and Testing Requirements say that state employees who work on-site and are unvaccinated must wear masks at work.

    May an employer require an employee to wear a mask at work even if the employee provides documentation verifying that they are fully vaccinated?

    Yes, employers can have policies that are stricter than those required by the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). However, an accommodation must be made for those:

    • Who cannot wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or disability
    • Who are hearing-impaired or communicating with a hearing-impaired person
    • When an employee performs specific tasks which cannot be performed with a face covering

    On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians.

    In accordance with this order, the State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

    Sector index

    1. Health Care / Public Health

    Sector profile

    The Health Care and Public Health (HPH) Sector is large, diverse, and open, spanning both the public and private sectors. It includes publicly accessible healthcare facilities, research centers, suppliers, manufacturers, and other physical assets and vast, complex public-private information technology systems required for care delivery and to support the rapid, secure transmission and storage of large amounts of HPH data.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Health care providers and caregivers (including physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses, assistants, and aids; infection control and quality assurance personnel; pharmacists; physical, respiratory, speech and occupational therapists and assistants; social workers and providers serving individuals with disabilities including developmental disabilities; optometrists; speech pathologists; chiropractors; diagnostic and therapeutic technicians; and radiology technologists).
    2. Workers required for effective clinical, command, infrastructure, support service, administrative, security and intelligence operations across the direct patient care and full healthcare and public health spectrum, including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, accrediting, certification, licensing, credentialing, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, environmental services, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians; emergency medical services workers; prehospital workers including but not limited to urgent care workers; inpatient and hospital workers; outpatient care workers; home care workers; workers at long-term care facilities, residential and community-based providers; workplace safety workers).
    3. Workers needed to support transportation to and from healthcare facilities and provider appointments.
    4. Workers needed to provide laundry services, food services, reprocessing of medical equipment, and waste management.
    5. Vendors and suppliers (including imaging, pharmacy, oxygen services, durable medical equipment)
    6. Workers who perform critical clinical research, development, and testing needed for COVID-19 response.
    7. Workers in other medical and life science facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric, Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers, and retail facilities specializing in medical goods and supplies, including cannabis).
    8. Workers for health manufacturing (including life science companies, and companies that have shifted production to medical supplies), materials and parts suppliers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, printers, packagers, and distributors of medical equipment (including those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs, and cannabis products), dietary supplements, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, personal hygiene products, and tissue and paper towel products.
    9. Public health / community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information.
    10. Behavioral and mental health workers responsible for coordination, outreach, engagement, and treatment to individuals in need of mental health and/or behavioral services.
    11. Donors of blood bone marrow, blood stem cell, or plasma and the workers of the organizations that operate and manage related activities.
    12. Workers that manage health plans, billing, and health information.
    13. Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance, compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information.
    14. Workers performing IT and cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities.
    15. Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions.
    16. Pharmacy employees, including workers necessary to maintain uninterrupted prescription filling.
    17. Workers in retail facilities specializing in medical goods and supplies.
    18. Public health and environmental health workers, including workers specializing in environmental health that focus on implementing environmental controls, sanitary and infection control interventions, healthcare facility safety and emergency preparedness planning, engineered work practices, and developing guidance and protocols for appropriate PPE to prevent COVID-19 disease transmission; Public health/ community health workers (including call center workers) who conduct community- based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance and compiling, analyzing, and communicating public health information.
    19. Mortuary services providers, including workers performing mortuary, funeral, cremation burial, cemetery, and related services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, cemetery workers and coffin makers.
    20. Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to behavioral and mental health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.
    21. Workers supporting veterinary hospitals and clinics.
    22. Workers supporting operations of outdoor recreational facilities for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    2. Emergency Services

    Sector profile

    The Emergency Services Sector (ESS) is a community of highly-skilled, trained personnel, along with the physical and cyber resources, that provide a wide range of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery services during both day-to-day operations and incident response. The ESS includes geographically distributed facilities and equipment in both paid and volunteer capacities organized primarily at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels of government, such as city police departments and fire stations, county sheriff’s offices, Department of Defense police and fire departments, and town public works departments. The ESS also includes private sector resources, such as industrial fire departments, private security organizations, and private emergency medical services providers.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Public, private, and voluntary personnel (front line and management) in emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, corrections, rehabilitation and reentry, search and rescue, hazardous material response, and technicians supporting maritime and aviation emergency response.
    2. Public Safety Answering Points and 911 call center employees; personnel involved in access to emergency services including the emergency alert system and wireless emergency alerts.
    3. Fusion Center employees
    4. Workers who support weather disaster / natural hazard monitoring, response, mitigation, and prevention, including personnel conducting, supporting, or facilitating wildfire mitigation activities
    5. Workers – including contracted vendors — who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement, fire, EMS, and and emergency service response operations (including safety equipment, electronic security, and uniforms)
    6. Workers responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders and dependent adults.
    7. Animal control officers and humane officers
    8. Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures
    9. Workers and contracted vendors who maintain and provide services and supplies to public safety facilities, including emergency communication center, public safety answering points, public safety communications centers, emergency operation centers, fire and emergency medical services stations, police and law enforcement stations and facilities.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    3. Food and Agriculture

    Sector profile

    The Food and Agricultural (FA) Sector is composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems and has the capacity to feed people and animals both within and beyond the boundaries of the United States. Beyond domestic food production, the FA Sector also imports many ingredients and finished products, leading to a complex web of growers, processors, suppliers, transporters, distributors, and consumers. This sector is critical to maintaining and securing our food supply.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail that sells food or beverage products, and animal/pet food, retail customer support service, information technology support staff, for online orders, pickup/takeout or delivery.
    2. Workers supporting restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations, including food preparation, carry-out and delivery food employees.
    3. Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees to include those employed in food ingredient production and processing facilities; aquaculture and seafood harvesting facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging, including recycling operations and processing.
    4. Farmers, farm and ranch workers, and agribusiness support services to include those employed in auction and sales; grain and oilseed handling, storage, processing and distribution; animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport.
    5. Farmers, farm and ranch workers, support service workers and their supplier employees producing food supply domestically and for export to include those engaged in raising, cultivating, harvesting, packing, storing, or delivering to storage or to market or to a carrier for transportation to market any agricultural or horticultural commodity for human consumption; those engaged in producing and harvesting field crops; cannabis growers; agricultural and commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities; and other agricultural inputs
    6. Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution and ingredients used in these products including warehouse workers, vendor-managed inventory controllers, and blockchain managers.
    7. Workers supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail.
    8. Workers supporting the growth and distribution of plants and associated products for home gardens.
    9. Workers in cafeterias used to feed workers, particularly worker populations sheltered against COVID-19
    10. Workers in animal diagnostic and food testing laboratories
    11. Workers essential for assistance programs and government payments
    12. Government, private, and non-governmental organizations’ workers essential for food assistance programs (including school lunch programs) and government payments.
    13. Employees of companies engaged in the production, storage, transport, and distribution of chemicals; medicines, including cannabis; vaccines; and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including seeds, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids.
    14. Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health (including those involved in supporting emergency veterinary or livestock services); raising of animals for food; animal production operations; livestock markets; slaughter and packing plants, manufacturers, renderers, and associated regulatory and government workforce.
    15. Transportation supporting animal agricultural industries, including movement of animal medical and reproductive supplies and material, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; and associated regulatory and government workforce
    16. Workers who support sawmills and the manufacture and distribution of fiber and forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood and fiber products
    17. Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution
    18. Workers at animal care facilities that provide food, shelter, veterinary and/or routine care and other necessities of life for animals.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    4. Energy

    Sector profile

    The Energy Sector consists of widely diverse and geographically dispersed critical assets and systems that are often interdependent of one another. This critical infrastructure is divided into three interrelated segments or subsectors—electricity, oil, and natural gas—to include the production, refining, storage, and distribution of oil, gas, and electric power. The Energy Sector supplies fuels to the transportation industry, electricity to households and businesses, and other sources of energy that are integral to growth and production across the Nation. In turn, it depends on the Nation’s transportation, information technology, communications, finance, water, and government infrastructures.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not possible:

    Workers supporting the energy sector, regardless of the energy source, segment of the system, or infrastructure the worker is involved in, or who are needed to monitor, operate, engineer, and maintain the reliability, safety, environmental health, physical and cyber security of the energy system, including power generation, transmission and distribution.

    Workers supporting the energy sector, regardless of the energy source, needed for construction, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, maintenance, and permitting.

    IT and OT technology for essential energy sector operations including support workers, customer service operations, call centers, and emergency response and customer emergency operations; energy management systems, control systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition SCADA systems, and energy sector entity data centers; cybersecurity engineers; and cybersecurity risk management.

    Workers providing services related to energy sector fuels and supply chains, supporting the procurement, mining, drilling, processing, refining, manufacturing, refueling, construction, logistics, transportation (including marine transport, terminals, rail and vehicle transport), permitting operation and maintenance, security, waste disposal, storage, and monitoring of support for resources.

    Workers supporting environmental remediation and monitoring.

    Workers supporting manufacturing and distribution of equipment, supplies, and parts necessary to maintain production, maintenance, restoration, and service at energy sector facilities across all energy sectors, and regardless of the energy source.

    Workers at Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations, and Network Operations staff, engineers and technicians to manage the network or operate facilities.

    Workers at Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Authorities, and primary and backup Control Centers, including but not limited to independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and balancing authorities; and workers involved in energy commodity trading and scheduling.

    Mutual assistance personnel, which may include workers from outside of the state or local jurisdiction

    Retail fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them.

    5. Water and Wastewater

    Sector profile

    The Water and Wastewater Sector is a complex sector composed of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure of varying sizes and ownership types. Multiple governing authorities pertaining to the Water and Wastewater Sector provide for public health, environmental protection, and security measures, among others.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    Employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure, including:

    1. Operational staff at water authorities
    2. Operational staff at community water systems
    3. Operational staff at wastewater treatment facilities
    4. Workers repairing water and wastewater conveyances and performing required sampling or monitoring
    5. Operational staff for water distribution and testing
    6. Operational staff at wastewater collection facilities
    7. Operational staff and technical support for SCADA Control systems
    8. Chemical disinfectant suppliers for water and wastewater and personnel protection
    9. Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting water and wastewater operations

    6. Transportation and Logistics

    Sector profile

    The Transportation Systems Sector consists of seven key subsectors, or modes:

    • Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and airports, heliports, and landing strips. Commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases. In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools.
    • Highway and Motor Carrier encompasses roadway, bridges, and tunnels. Vehicles include trucks, including those carrying hazardous materials; other commercial vehicles, including bicycles, commercial motor coaches and school buses; vehicle and driver licensing systems; taxis, transportation services including Transportation Network Companies, and delivery services including Delivery Network Companies; traffic management systems; AND cyber systems used for operational management.
    • Maritime Transportation System consists of coastline, ports, waterways, and intermodal landside connections that allow the various modes of transportation to move people and goods to, from, and on the water.
    • Mass Transit and Passenger Rail includes terminals, operational systems, and supporting infrastructure for passenger services by transit buses, trolleybuses, monorail, heavy rail—also known as subways or metros—light rail, passenger rail, and vanpool/rideshare.
    • Pipeline Systems consist of pipelines carrying natural gas hazardous liquids, as well as various chemicals. Above-ground assets, such as compressor stations and pumping stations, are also included.
    • Freight Rail consists of major carriers, smaller railroads, active railroad, freight cars, and locomotives.
    • Postal and Shipping includes large integrated carriers, regional and local courier services, mail services, mail management firms, and chartered and delivery services.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including truck drivers, bus drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, towing and recovery services, roadside assistance workers, intermodal transportation personnel, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure
    2. Working supporting or providing services that enable logistics operations for essential sectors, wholesale and retail sale, including warehousing, cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.
    3. Workers supporting maintenance and operation of essential highway infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels.
    4. Workers of firms providing services, supplies, and equipment that enable warehouse and operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.
    5. Mass transit workers providing critical transit services and/or performing critical or routine maintenance to mass transit infrastructure or equipment.
    6. Employees supporting personal and commercial transportation services, including taxis, bicycle services, Transportation Network Companies, and delivery services including Delivery Network Companies
    7. Workers responsible for operating dispatching passenger, commuter and freight trains and maintaining rail infrastructure and equipment
    8. Maritime transportation and inland waterway workers – to include maintenance and repair – including port authority and commercial facility personnel, dredgers, port workers, mariners, ship crewmembers, ship pilots and tugboat operators, ship supply, chandler, and equipment operators.
    9. Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential dams, locks, and levees.
    10. Workers who support the inspection and maintenance of aids to navigation and other government-provided services that ensure continued maritime commerce.
    11. Workers supporting transportation of chemicals, hazardous, medical, waste and recyclable materials to support critical sectors and infrastructure.
    12. Automotive repair, maintenance, and transportation equipment manufacturing and distribution facilities.
    13. Transportation safety inspectors, including hazardous material inspectors and accident investigator inspectors
    14. Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of lighting and communication systems, specialized signage and structural systems, emergency response equipment and support materials, printers, printed materials, packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations
    15. Postal, parcel, courier, last-mile delivery, and shipping workers, to include private companies who accept, process, transport, and deliver information and goods.
    16. Workers who supply equipment and materials for maintenance of transportation equipment.
    17. Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, bicycles, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers
    18. Workers who support air transportation for cargo and passengers, including operation distribution, maintenance, and sanitation. This includes air traffic controllers, flight dispatchers, maintenance personnel, ramp workers, fueling agents, flight crews, airport safety inspectors and engineers, airport operations personnel, aviation and aerospace safety workers, security, commercial space personnel, operations personnel, accident investigators, flight instructors, and other on- and off-airport facilities workers.
    19. Workers critical to the manufacturing, distribution, sales, rental, leasing, repair, and maintenance of vehicles and other transportation equipment (including electric vehicle charging stations) and the supply chains that enable these operations, subject to adhering public health guidance issued by CDPH.
    20. Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, construction material suppliers, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues
    21. Workers who support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications.

    7. Communications and Information Technology

    Sector profile

    The Communications Sector provides products and services that support the efficient operation of today’s global information-based society. Communication networks enable people around the world to contact one another, access information instantly, and communicate from remote areas. This involves creating a link between a sender (including voice signals) and one or more recipients using technology (e.g., a telephone system or the Internet) to transmit information from one location to another. Technologies are changing at a rapid pace, increasing the number of products, services, service providers, and communication options. The national communications architecture is a complex collection of networks that are owned and operated by individual service providers. Many of this sector’s products and services are foundational or necessary for the operations and services provided by other critical infrastructure sectors. The nature of communication networks involves both physical infrastructure (buildings, switches, towers, antennas, etc.) and cyber infrastructure (routing and switching software, operational support systems, user applications, etc.), representing a holistic challenge to address the entire physical-cyber infrastructure.

    The IT Sector provides products and services that support the efficient operation of today’s global information-based society and are integral to the operations and services provided by other critical infrastructure Sectors. The IT Sector is comprised of small and medium businesses, as well as large multinational companies. Unlike many critical infrastructure Sectors composed of finite and easily identifiable physical assets, the IT Sector is a functions-based Sector that comprises not only physical assets but also virtual systems and networks that enable key capabilities and services in both the public and private sectors.

    Essential workforce – Communications, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Maintenance of communications infrastructure- including privately owned and maintained communication systems- supported by technicians, operators, call-centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, Internet Exchange Points, Network Access Points, back haul and front haul facilities, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment.
    2. Workers performing functions related to undersea cable infrastructure and support facilities, including cable landing sites, beach manhole vaults and covers, submarine cable depots, and submarine cable ship facilities
    3. Government and private sector employees supporting Department of Defense internet and communications facilities.
    4. Workers who support radio, television, and media service, including, but not limited to front line news reporters, studio, and technicians for newsgathering, reporting, and publishing news.
    5. Network Operations staff, engineers and/or technicians to include IT managers and staff, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators that manage the network or operate facilities
    6. Workers responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration, including contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables, buried conduit, small cells, other wireless facilities, and other communications sector-related infrastructure. This includes construction of new facilities and deployment of new technology required to address congestion or customer usage on remote services.
    7. Installation, maintenance and repair technicians that establish, support or repair service as needed.
    8. Central office personnel to maintain and operate central office, data centers, and other network office facilities, and critical support personnel assisting front line employees
    9. Customer service and support staff, including managed and professional services as well as remote providers of support to transitioning employees to set up and maintain home offices, who interface with customers to manage or support service environments and security issues, including payroll, billing, fraud, logistics and troubleshooting
    10. Workers providing electronic security, fire, monitoring, and life safety services, and who ensure physical security, cleanliness, and the safety of facilities and personnel, including those who provide temporary licensing waivers for security personnel to work in other States or Municipalities.
    11. Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration
    12. Retail customer service personnel at critical service center locations for onboarding customers, distributing and repairing equipment and other supply chain personnel, to support individuals’ remote emergency communications needs;
    13. External Affairs personnel to assist in coordinating with local, state, and federal officials to address communications needs supporting COVID-19 response, public safety, and national security.
    14. Workers responsible for ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to and the benefits of various communications platforms, including those involved in the provision of telecommunication relay services, closed captioning of broadcast television for the deaf, video relay services for deaf citizens who prefer communication via American Sign Language over text, and audio-description for television programming.

    Essential workforce – Information Technology, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers who support command centers, including, but not limited to Network Operations Command Centers, Broadcast Operations Control Center and Security Operations Command Centers
    2. Data center operators, including system administrators, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, IT managers and purchasers, data transfer solutions engineers, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators
    3. Workers who support client service centers, field engineers, and other workers supporting critical infrastructure, as well as manufacturers and supply chain vendors that provide hardware and software, support services, research and development, information technology equipment (to include microelectronics and semiconductors), and HVAC and electrical equipment for critical infrastructure and test labs and certification agencies that qualify such equipment for critical infrastructure.
    4. Workers needed to pre-empt and respond to cyber incidents involving critical infrastructure,, and entities supporting the functioning of critical infrastructure sectors
    5. Suppliers, designers, transporters and other workers supporting the manufacture, distribution, and construction of essential global, national and local infrastructure for computing services (including cloud computing services and teleworking capabilities), business infrastructure, financial transactions, web-based services, and critical manufacturing
    6. Workers supporting communications systems, information technology, and work from home solutions
    7. Employees required to support Software as a Service businesses that enable remote working, performance of business operations, distance learning, media services, and digital health offerings, or required for technical support crucial for business continuity and connectivity.

    8. Government Operations and other community-based essential functions

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Critical government workers, as defined by the employer and consistent with Continuity of Operations Plans and Continuity of Government plans.
    2. County workers responsible for determining eligibility for safety net benefits
    3. The Courts, consistent with guidance released by the California Chief Justice
    4. Workers who support administration and delivery of unemployment insurance programs, income maintenance, employment service, disaster assistance, workers’ compensation insurance and benefits programs, and pandemic assistance
    5. Workers to ensure continuity of building functions, including but not limited to security and environmental controls, the manufacturing and distribution of the products required for these functions, and the permits and inspection for construction.
    6. Elections personnel
    7. Federal, State, and Local, Tribal, and Territorial employees who support Mission Essential Functions and communications networks
    8. Trade Officials (FTA negotiators; international data flow administrators)
    9. Weather forecasters
    10. Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting other critical government operations
    11. Workers who support necessary credentialing, vetting and licensing operations for critical sector workers and operations.
    12. Workers who are critical to facilitating trade in support of the national, state, and local emergency response supply chain
    13. Workers supporting public and private childcare establishments, pre-K establishments, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of distance learning, provision of school meals, or care, supervision, and instruction of minors
    14. Staff at government offices who perform title search, notary, and recoding services in support of mortgage and real estate services and transactions
    15. Workers and instructors supporting academies and training facilities and courses for the purpose of graduating students and cadets that comprise the essential workforce for all identified critical sectors
    16. Clergy for essential support and faith-based services that are provided outdoors, or through streaming or other technologies that support physical distancing and state public health guidelines.
    17. Human services providers, especially for at risk populations, including home delivered meal providers for older adults, people with disabilities, and others with chronic health conditions; home-maker services for frail, homebound, older adults; personal assistance services providers to support activities of daily living for older adults, people with disabilities, and others with chronic health conditions who live independently in the community with supports and services; home health providers who deliver health care services for older adults, people with disabilities, and others with chronic health conditions who live independently in the community with supports and services.
    18. Government entities, and contractors that work in support of local, state, and federal public health and medical mission sets, including but not limited to supporting access to healthcare and associated payment functions, conducting public health functions, providing medical care, supporting emergency management, or other services necessary for supporting the COVID-19 response.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    9. Critical Manufacturing

    Sector profile

    The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies several industries to serve as the core of the sector: Primary Metals Manufacturing, Machinery Manufacturing, Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing, Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products made by these manufacturing industries are essential to many other critical infrastructure sectors.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers necessary for the manufacturing of metals, industrial minerals, semiconductors, materials and products needed for supply chains of the critical infrastructure sectors.
    2. Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed to manufacture medical equipment and personal protective equipment
    3. Workers necessary for mining and production of critical minerals, materials and associated essential supply chains, and workers engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for mining production and distribution.
    4. Workers who produce or manufacture parts or equipment that supports continued operations for any essential services and increase in remote workforce, including computing and communication devices, semiconductors, and equipment such as security tools for Security Operations Centers (SOCs) or data centers.
    5. Workers manufacturing or providing parts and equipment that enable the maintenance and continued operation of essential businesses and facilities.

    10. Financial Services

    Sector profile

    The Financial Services Sector includes thousands of depository institutions, providers of investment products, insurance companies, other credit and financing organizations, and the providers of the critical financial utilities and services that support these functions. Financial institutions vary widely in size and presence, ranging from some of the world’s largest global companies with thousands of employees and many billions of dollars in assets, to community banks and credit unions with a small number of employees serving individual communities. Whether an individual savings account, financial derivatives, credit extended to a large organization, or investments made to a foreign country, these products allow customers to: Deposit funds and make payments to other parties; Provide credit and liquidity to customers; Invest funds for both long and short periods; Transfer financial risks between customers.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers who are needed to process and maintain systems for processing financial transactions and services, including payment, clearing, and settlement; wholesale funding; insurance services; and capital markets activities
    2. Workers who are needed to maintain orderly market operations to ensure the continuity of financial transactions and services.
    3. Workers who are needed to provide business, commercial, and consumer access to banking and non-bank financial and lending services, including ATMs, lending money transmission, and to move currency, checks, securities, and payments
    4. Workers who support financial operations, such as those staffing call, data and security operations centers, managing physical security, or providing accounting services.
    5. Workers supporting production and distribution of debit and credit cards.
    6. Workers providing electronic point of sale support personnel for essential businesses and workers.

    11. Chemical and Hazardous Materials

    Sector profile

    The Chemical Sector—composed of a complex, global supply chain—converts various raw materials into diverse products that are essential to modern life. Based on the product produced, the sector can be divided into five main segments, each of which has distinct characteristics, growth dynamics, markets, new developments, and issues: Basic chemicals; Specialty chemicals; Agricultural chemicals; Pharmaceuticals; Consumer products.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles, building materials, plumbing, electrical and paper products.
    2. Workers supporting the safe transportation of chemicals, including those supporting tank truck cleaning facilities and workers who manufacture packaging items
    3. Workers supporting the production of protective cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective equipment, disinfectants, and packaging that prevents the contamination of food, water, medicine, among others essential products
    4. Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities (particularly those with high risk chemicals and/ or sites that cannot be shut down) whose work cannot be done remotely and requires the presence of highly trained personnel to ensure safe operations, including plant contract workers who provide inspections
    5. Workers who support the production and transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing, single-use plastics, and packaging that prevents the contamination or supports the continued manufacture of food, water, medicine, and other essential products, including glass container manufacturing
    6. Workers at nuclear facilities, workers managing medical waste, workers managing waste from pharmaceuticals and medical material production, and workers at laboratories processing test kits
    7. Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup
    8. Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting hazardous materials management operations
    9. Workers who support the removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste, including landfill and recycling operations.

    12. Defense Industrial Base

    Sector profile

    The Defense Industrial Base Sector is the worldwide industrial complex that enables research and development, as well as design, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons systems, subsystems, and components or parts, to meet U.S. military requirements. The Defense Industrial Base partnership consists of Department of Defense components, Defense Industrial Base companies and their subcontractors who perform under contract to the Department of Defense, companies providing incidental materials and services to the Department of Defense, and government-owned/contractor-operated and government-owned/government-operated facilities. Defense Industrial Base companies include domestic and foreign entities, with production assets located in many countries. The sector provides products and services that are essential to mobilize, deploy, and sustain military operations.

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military, including, but are not limited to, space and aerospace workers, nuclear matters workers, mechanical and software engineers (various disciplines), manufacturing and production workers, IT support, security staff, security personnel, intelligence support, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers, and sanitary workers who maintain the hygienic viability of necessary facilities.
    2. Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract or sub-contract to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Energy (DoE) (on nuclear matters), as well as personnel at government-owned/contractor operated facilities, and who provide materials and services to the DoD and DoE (on nuclear matters), including support for weapon systems, software systems and cybersecurity, defense and intelligence communications, surveillance, sale of U.S. defense articles and services for export to foreign allies and partners (as authorized by the U.S. government), and space systems and other activities in support of our military, intelligence, and space forces.

    13. Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Sheltering Facilities and Services

    Essential workforce, if remote working is not practical:

    1. Construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing, commercial, and mixed-use construction); and workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application/installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint/coatings, and employees who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions.
    2. Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, construction material sources, and essential operation of construction sites and construction projects (including those that support such projects to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications; and support to ensure the effective removal, storage, recycling and disposal of solid waste and hazardous waste)
    3. Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses, and buildings such as hospitals and senior living facilities, including any facility supporting COVID-19 response.
    4. Workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application and installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing (including parts and services), electrical, heating and cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint and coatings, and workers who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions.
    5. Workers in hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail, and related merchant retailers, wholesalers and distributors that support essential workforce functions where sales and operations cannot be conducted online
    6. Warehouse operators, including vendors and support personnel critical for business continuity (including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical engineers, security personnel, and janitorial staff), e-commerce or online commerce, and customer service for essential functions.
    7. Workers supporting the operations of commercial buildings that are critical to safety, security, and the continuance of essential activities, such as on-site property managers, building engineers, security staff, fire safety directors, janitorial personnel, and service technicians (e.g., mechanical, HVAC, plumbers, electricians, and elevator).
    8. Workers supporting ecommerce through distribution, warehouse, call center facilities, and other essential operational support functions, that accept, store, and process goods, and that facilitate their transportation and delivery
    9. Workers distributing, servicing, repairing, installing residential and commercial HVAC systems, boilers, furnaces and other heating, cooling, refrigeration, and ventilation equipment.
    10. Workers managing or servicing hotels or other commercial and residential buildings that are used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
    11. Workers responsible for the leasing of residential and commercial properties to provide individuals and families with ready access to available housing.
    12. Residential and commercial real estate workers, limited to scheduled property viewings to a potential buying party. This does not extend to open-house viewings, nor viewings with more than one buying party at a time.
    13. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities and critical sector services
    14. Workers responsible for handling property management, maintenance, and related service calls who can coordinate the response to emergency “at-home” situations requiring immediate attention, as well as facilitate the reception of deliveries, mail, and other necessary services.
    15. Workers supporting the entertainment industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast, provided they follow COVID-19 public health guidance around physical distancing.
    16. Workers that provide or determine eligibility for food, shelter, in-home supportive services, child welfare, adult protective services and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals (including family members)
    17. Workers performing services in support of the elderly and disabled populations who coordinate a variety of services, including health care appointments and activities of daily living.
    18. Workers who provide support to vulnerable populations to ensure their health and well-being including family care providers.
    19. Workers providing dependent care services, particularly those whose services ensure essential workers can continue to work.
    20. Workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, such as those residing in shelters.
    21. Workers in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners.
    22. Workers providing disinfection services, for all essential facilities in essential sectors
    23. Workers necessary for the installation, maintenance, distribution, and manufacturing of water and space heating equipment and its components.
    24. Support required for continuity of services, including commercial disinfectant services, janitorial/cleaning personnel, and support personnel functions that need freedom of movement to access facilities in support of front-line employees.

    Relevant sector guidance:

    Relevant guidance for all sectors

    California’s strength is in its diversity. Discrimination and hate have no place in our society, let alone in our response to COVID-19. Here are the different forms discrimination can take, and what you can do about them.

    On this page:


    Discrimination

    Associating COVID-19 with any group of people or ethnicity is wrong and dangerous. Violence, bullying and harassment must be reported and stopped for the good of all. 

    During this public health emergency, it’s particularly important to stop discrimination. Unchecked, it can lead to denial of healthcare, violation of civil rights, and violence. This can cause further spread of the virus and deaths, with grave impact to the community. Share accurate information – don’t promote stigma or hate. This will help us come together as a community to fight COVID-19.

    California law protects every person in the state from discrimination. You may not be discriminated against because of race, national origin, ancestry, or immigration status. Discrimination may not happen in:

    Businesses are also prohibited from discriminating because of citizenship or language spoken. This includes housing providers.

    California law also protects every person from violence related to discrimination.

    If you have faced any of these forms of discrimination or violence, file a complaint.


    Stigma

    Fear and anxiety about coronavirus are real. But they are no excuse for stigmatizing whole groups of people. While the spread of COVID-19 began abroad, the disease is not linked to any race or nationality.

    Stigmatizing people because of where they appear to be from is wrong and does not make you safe. Anyone can have coronavirus. Stigmatized groups suffer mentally and physically when we let fear, hatred, stigma, and bad data inform our actions. We must call out harmful language and remove it from our own speech.

    Keep our communities resilient during tough times. Eliminate stigma in your words and actions.

    No one is to blame for the COVID-19 outbreak, and we must all work together to end the pandemic. This is a good time for a few reminders about how to be a good neighbor:

    • Speak up when you see others treated poorly.
    • Know that many of us will get COVID-19, regardless of our race, ethnicity, gender, age, or sexual orientation. 
    • Be kind to others and treat everyone with respect. 
    • Read Governor Newsom’s Twitter statements against xenophobia targeting the Asian-American community.

    Cyberbullying

    Sending or posting hurtful content is a form of bullying. It can happen even when a student is learning at home. Such behavior is damaging, and should not be tolerated.

    If you think your child is being cyberbullied, there is help. See the Department of Education’s bullying prevention resources.


    Hate crimes

    A hate crime is a crime motivated by the victim’s perceived social group. It is different from hate speech, which is protected by the First Amendment. But when hate speech leads to a hate crime, the law protects the victim.

    If you suspect you are the victim of a hate crime, contact your local police right away. Save all evidence, and write down everything you can remember. See guidance on hate crimes and how to report them in several languages.


    Stay informed

    Data on unvaccinated vs. vaccinated cases

    We now track and share the difference in COVID-19 cases between unvaccinated and vaccinated people. Recent data shows that unvaccinated people in California are 8 times more likely to get COVID-19.

    Your actions save lives

    Keep California healthy.
    Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance.

    California numbers

    california for all your actions save lives visit CA covid19 toolkit website

    California is working around the clock to respond to COVID-19

    See CA State actions

    24-hour help

    For the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 800‑273‑8255 or text 838255

    For the Domestic Violence Hotline, 800‑799‑7233 or click Chat Now

    Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has changed all of our lives. You may still feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated because of it. You’re not alone.

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    Strategies for managing stress

    • Be mindful of your intake of information from news sources about the virus, and consider taking breaks from it.
    • Maintain social contact with supportive relationships like friends, family or others, by phone, text, internet, or in-person when safe to do so.
    • Treat your body kindly: eat healthy foods, avoid excessive alcohol, and exercise as you are able.
    • Call your health care provider if your anxiety interferes with your daily activities.

    More stress relief techniques are available in the Roadmap for Resilience and COVID-19 playbook available from the Office of the Surgeon General.


    Hotlines if you need to talk to someone

    If you are feeling overwhelmed with sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800‑273‑8255.

    There are additional resources available if you are in crisis:

    Youth and teens

    Veterans

    Veterans Crisis Line: Call 800‑273‑8255 and Press 1 or text 838255 for 24/7 support.

    First responders and law enforcement

    Older Californians 

    Deaf and hard of hearing individuals

    National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline: Access 24/7 video relay service by dialing 800‑273‑8255 (TTY 800‑799‑4889).

    Services for substance use disorders

    LGBTQ individuals


    Find behavioral and mental health services

    If you have Medi-Cal and are in need of mental health services, call the number on your health plan membership card, or call your local county mental health line. For help finding what services are covered, call the Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman at 888‑452‑8609 Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm.

    If you have a health plan through your employer or purchase your own health insurance, and are in need of mental health services, call the number on your health plan membership card.

    If you feel like you are coping with your stress by drinking or taking drugs, there is help available from the substance use disorder programs in your county or call the national treatment locator at 800‑662‑HELP.

    Older adults can find local services through the Department of Aging’s website, or by calling 800‑510‑2020.


    Helplines if you feel unsafe

    Partner abuse is never okay and there are people standing by to help, especially during this health crisis. If you can, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800‑799‑SAFE or text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7 help in English or Spanish. If you can’t call, visit TheHotline.org to learn how to create a safety plan or get immediate help with the 24/7 “Chat Now” feature.

    Call or text the Victims of Crime Resource Center at 800‑VICTIMS line for information on victim services programs in California.

    Visit the California Victims Compensation Board website to find information on county victim service providers in California.

    There are additional resources available:


    Resources to help others

    Protecting children from abuse and neglect

    Community members play an important role in protecting children from abuse and neglect. If you are worried about the health or safety of a child, call the local CPS hotline for the county where the child lives or find a local child abuse youth victim service provider.

    You can call or text the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 24/7 at 800‑4‑A‑CHILD to speak with a professional crisis counselor who can provide assistance in over 170 languages.

    You may also be able to help children and youth who have been abused or neglected by stepping up to serve as a foster caregiver. Please contact your local county’s Social Service or Human Service department, or call the toll-free line at 800‑KIDS‑4‑US.

    Family support

    If you are concerned about a family in need of food or assistance, or you need resources yourself, call 211, contact your local non-profit Family Resource Center, or apply for public benefits, which may include health care, cash aid, and food and nutrition assistance, through your county’s Social Services or Health and Human Services department.

    You can call the California Parent & Youth Helpline at 855‑427‑2736 Monday – Sunday from 8:00am – 8:00pm to get emotional support from a trained Parent Advocate.

    NAMI California has resources for family members supporting loved ones with mental health conditions. You can call their HelpLine at 800‑950‑NAMI to get information, resource referrals and support from 7:00am – 3:00pm or email info@namica.org.

    Caregivers can find resources at the Department of Aging website, including guidelines to protect the health and safety of both you and your loved one from COVID-19.

    County Adult Protective Services

    Adult Protective Services: Call 833‑401‑0832 24/7 for concerns about adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

    Federal pandemic unemployment benefits are ending

    Federal pandemic unemployment benefits are ending on September 4, 2021. If you’ve received unemployment benefits for longer than 26 weeks, your benefits will end. If you’ve received benefits for less than 26 weeks, your benefit amount will go down. You may qualify for other programs to help cover food, housing, utility, and healthcare expenses.

    Learn more

    Resources are available to support workers and businesses financially affected by COVID-19.

    On this page:


    Benefits for workers

    There are several benefits available to workers impacted by COVID-19. You may be able to take advantage of: 

    Information about these benefits is available in this chart from the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. 

    Work search requirement

    Starting July 11, 2021, you must search for work to receive your benefits. Your work search requirements depend on your claim type. Find yours at Returning to Work

    More benefits if you were self-employed

    You may be eligible for the Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program if you:

    • Receive regular unemployment benefits, and
    • Earned self-employment income of $5,000 or more in the year before claiming unemployment benefits

    You are not eligible for MEUC if you receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

    Apply for MEUC by September 6, 2021.

    Sick leave and other benefits

    If you cannot work because you (or a family member you’re taking care of) are sick or quarantined due to COVID-19, there are options.

    Learn about leave benefits in the:

    You may also be able to use paid sick leave or COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave to:

    • Go to your vaccine appointment
    • If you experience vaccine-related side effects

    Check the paid leave options for more information.

    Read about keeping workplaces safe while upholding civil rights in the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s FAQs.

    More help

    Hotel rooms for healthcare workers

    On June 15, 2021, the Hotel rooms for California healthcare workers program was discontinued for all facilities except those located in Riverside, Imperial, and San Diego counties. This program keeps healthcare workers safe and reduces the spread of COVID-19. It provides hotel rooms to healthcare workers who give critical care to COVID-19 patients so they do not bring the virus home to their household.


    COVID-19 workplace safety

    Physical distancing and capacity limits for businesses and activities are over. Guidance for specific industries has ended. But employers are still responsible for maintaining safe environments for employees and customers.

    COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards

    Employers must follow workplace safety and health regulations to protect workers. That includes protecting workers from COVID-19. Follow the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to keep your workplace safe. They cover:

    • How to prevent infection in the workplace
    • What to do about outbreaks
    • How to keep employees safe in employer-provided transportation and housing

    Visit Safer At Work to learn more about COVID-19 workplace safety.

    Masking at work

    Masks are recommended for everyone at work indoors, whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) encourages employers and workers to follow the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.

    Returning to work after getting sick or exposed to COVID-19

    Employers must ensure workers meet the criteria in the ETS before they return to work. 

    Workers that have COVID-19 symptoms

    If a worker has symptoms, they cannot return to work until all of these are true:

    • At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms began
    • Their fever has been gone for 24 hours without the aid of medication 
    • Their symptoms have improved

    This applies whether they are vaccinated or not. A negative test is not required to return to work. 

    Workers that do not have COVID-19 symptoms, but test positive

    If a worker does not have symptoms, but tests positive, they cannot return to work for at least 10 days after they first tested positive. This applies whether they are vaccinated or not. A negative test is not required to return to work.

    Workers that do not have COVID-19 symptoms, but had close contact

    A worker who had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 can continue to go to work if all of these are true:

    • They have either:
    • They do not have symptoms
    • They did not test positive

    If a worker does not have symptoms, had close contact, and is not vaccinated, when they may return to work depends:

    • If they test negative after Day 5 from the last date of exposure, they may return to work after Day 7
    • If they do not get tested, they cannot return to work for at least 10 days since their last exposure to COVID-19

    Vaccination and testing requirements

    In some workplaces, workers must verify that they are fully vaccinated, or be regularly tested for COVID-19.

    Healthcare facilities and congregate settings

    People who work in these facilities must verify that they are fully vaccinated:

    • Healthcare facilities
    • Adult and senior care facilities
    • Homeless shelters
    • Correctional facilities and detention centers

    Exceptions can only be made for those with a:

    • Conflicting religious belief
    • Qualified medical reason

    Workers in these facilities who will not or cannot be vaccinated must:

    • Get tested for COVID-19 regularly
    • Wear masks

    Find details about the vaccine requirement for healthcare workers:

    Find details about the vaccine requirement for healthcare workers in correctional facilities and detention centers:

    For information about healthcare worker protections in high-risk settings, check:

    State offices

    State employees working on-site must verify that they are fully vaccinated, or get tested regularly for COVID-19 and wear a mask.

    K-12 schools

    Teachers and school employees must verify that they are fully vaccinated, or get tested regularly for COVID-19.

    Find a testing location Get your digital vaccine record

    Providing N95 respirators

    Employers must provide unvaccinated employees with N95 respirators upon their request and at no cost. California is providing a one-month supply of N95 respirators to small businesses. Visit the Voluntary N95 Distribution page if your business would like to participate in this program.  

    Employers may require employees to be vaccinated

    An employer can require their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as the employer:

    • Does not discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of a protected characteristic, such as disability or national origin
    • Provides reasonable accommodations related to disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices
    • Does not retaliate against anyone for engaging in protected activities, such as requesting a reasonable accommodation

    Learn more about workplace safety and civil rights in the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s FAQs.

    Find details about reasonable accommodations in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Commission’s information about COVID-19 and EEO laws.

    Request proof of vaccination

    Employers requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination status for employees or patrons should follow the Department of Public Health’s Vaccine Record Guidelines and Standards:

    • Verify records through a private and confidential process.
    • Protect patrons from discrimination.
    • Do not create barriers to essential services or restrict access based on a protected characteristic.

    Help employees get vaccinated

    Employers can assist their employees by:

    • Coordinating vaccination events with provider partners
    • Hosting a mobile or pop-up clinic
    • Helping employees book appointments
    • Providing employees with educational resources

    Learn more in the Employer Vaccination Toolkit.


    Financial help for businesses

    Business owners who have been financially affected by COVID-19 can:

    More information:


    Stay informed

    If you have been financially affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for:


    Eviction protection for renters

    If you cannot pay your full rent because of COVID-19, state law protects you from eviction until September 30, 2021. This applies to all residential tenants, regardless of immigration status.

    Current eviction protection

    To avoid eviction, you must:

    • Give your landlord a signed declaration within 15 days of getting a notice to pay rent
    • Pay 25% of all rent due from September 2020 through September 2021 by September 30, 2021

    This protects you from eviction through September 30, 2021. 

    Unpaid rent

    If you still owe any rent after September 30, 2021, your landlord can sue you starting November 1, 2021. This is true even if you paid 25% of your rent to avoid eviction. Apply for rent relief to cover 100% of past due rent.

    Eviction protection after September 30, 2021

    To avoid eviction for unpaid rent after September 30, 2021, you must apply for rent relief. Your landlord cannot evict you if you’ve applied and are waiting to find out if you’re eligible. This protection lasts until March 31, 2022.

    If you get a notice from your landlord demanding rent payment, make sure you apply within 15 days.

    If you owe rent and do not apply for rent relief, your landlord can evict you. Your landlord must apply for rent relief before they can evict you for unpaid rent.

    Eviction protection resources

    Find more information about protection from eviction for unpaid rent due to COVID-19:

    Get legal help for free or at low-cost from statewide and local organizations.

    Contact a local agency to get free rental counseling.


    Help with rent and utilities for landlords and renters

    Renters and landlords can get financial help to cover 100% of:

    • Past due and future rent payments (even if the renter has moved out)
    • Utility bills like gas, electric, water, garbage, and internet

    We recommend renters and landlords work together to apply. Either can start the process. Renters must provide some information, regardless of who starts the application. Landlords can get paid quicker if they participate in the program. Learn about how to apply.

    Apply for California COVID-19 rent relief

    To get help with your application, call the COVID-19 rent relief contact center at 833‑430‑2122. It’s open 7 days a week, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Pacific Time.

    Details for renters

    • Renters with a sublease can apply.
    • Your immigration status does not matter. You are not required to show proof of citizenship to apply.
    • Your landlord will be notified that you applied for rent relief. Your landlord will not see your application. Your information is private and will not be shared.
    • Your application will be assigned to a case manager. Watch for emails or phone calls from your case manager about your application. Be sure to respond so your application keeps moving.
    • Applying for rent relief may protect you from eviction and clear your rental debt.

    Where payments are sent

    If your application is approved, rent payments go to:

    • Your landlord if they participate in the rent relief program
    • You if your landlord does not participate in the program

    ​​If you receive the rent payment, you must pay your landlord within 15 days.

    Utility payments go directly to the utility provider.


    Mortgage forbearance for homeowners and landlords

    Most homeowners can pause or reduce their mortgage payments for a limited time if they’re struggling because of COVID-19. This is called forbearance. You request forbearance from your mortgage servicer. Landlords with four properties or less can also request forbearance. 

    Learn the steps to pause or reduce your mortgage payments at Help for homeowners.

    Your deadline to request forbearance depends on who backs your mortgage.

    • If your loan is backed by HUD/FHA, USDA, or VA, the deadline for requesting an initial forbearance is September 30, 2021.
    • If your loan is backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, there currently is not a deadline for requesting an initial forbearance.

    If your mortgage is not federally backed, your servicer may offer similar forbearance options. If you are struggling to make your mortgage payments, your servicer must discuss relief options with you.

    Your rights if you’re denied forbearance

    If your servicer denies your request for forbearance, they must provide you with:

    • A detailed description explaining why your request was denied, and
    • The specific reasons for the denial

    This is true for all mortgages, whether federally-backed or not.

    If the explanation says your request has errors or is missing information, you have 21 days to correct these issues. 

    If you requested forbearance, your lender cannot begin foreclosing on your home or property until they:

    • Contact you to request payment
    • Wait at least 30 days after contacting you to request payment
    • File a declaration that they have contacted you to request payment
    • File the forbearance denial notice

    You can contest either the 30-day contact or the forbearance denial notice.

    If you believe your lender harmed you by violating the law, you can file a lawsuit against them. You can get free or low-cost legal help from statewide and local organizations.

    These protections are in effect until December 1, 2021, if you’re denied forbearance.

    Find more information:

    Contact a local agency to get free help to avoid foreclosure.


    Help for people without housing

    If you need temporary housing:

    Hotel rooms through Project Roomkey

    You may be able to get a hotel or motel room through Project Roomkey if you:

    • Test positive for COVID-19 and need to isolate
    • Have been exposed to COVID-19 and need to quarantine
    • Are at high-risk, like people over age 65 and those with underlying health conditions

    Call your local point of contact or your county welfare department to find out more.


    Golden State Stimulus payments

    Households earning $75,000 or less may qualify for at least one type of Golden State Stimulus (GSS) payment. This includes undocumented workers. Families with children may receive an increased payment. 

    There are two types of GSS payments, GSS I and GSS II.

    Deadline to qualify

    You must file your 2020 tax return by October 15, 2021

    Your 2020 tax return determines if you’re eligible to receive GSS payments. 

    If you qualify, you’ll receive your payments by direct deposit or a check in the mail. 

    If you’ve already filed your 2020 tax return, you do not have to do anything else. 

    Check if you qualify for GSS I Check if you qualify for GSS II

    More help

    Have more questions, or want to know your local area’s COVID-19 response? Call one of the hotlines below, or check the text alerts and website from your local health department.

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    Hotline numbers

    Statewide COVID-19 Hotline

    833‑422‑4255 (833-4CA-4ALL)

    The statewide call center is open 7 days a week:

    • Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Pacific Time   
    • Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time

    This COVID-19 information line is a part of our ongoing effort to provide reliable, trusted information and support.

    CA Notify Hotline

    CA Notify, Google and Apple’s exposure notification system, alerts you if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 while preserving your privacy.

    888‑421‑9457 (888‑4C19‑HLP)

    The statewide call center is open 7 days a week, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Pacific Time.

    Local information line

    211

    Californians can call 211, which gives local information on social services 24 hours a day.


    Text alerts from your county

    Use our lookup tool to find COVID-19 text alerts you can get from your county.

    Sign up for county alerts


    Your area’s COVID-19 website

    Select your county or city to find out more from your local public health department, like testing or vaccination sites near you.

    California supports the safe return to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.

    On this page:


    K-12 schools

    California has released guidance for K-12 schools for the 2021-2022 school year. This guidance:

    • Helps schools prepare for safe in-person instruction
    • Applies CDC’s latest recommendations to the conditions in California
    • Requires all adults and students in K-12 schools to wear masks indoors
    • Applies to all school-based extracurricular activities, including:
      • Sports
      • Band
      • Chorus
      • Clubs

    More information about this guidance:

    Visit the Safe Schools Parent page for information about COVID-19 and school safety.

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to assess conditions on an ongoing basis. CDPH will determine by November 1, 2021 whether to update mask requirements.

    Vaccination and testing requirements for school staff

    Teachers and school employees must verify they are fully vaccinated, or get tested regularly for COVID-19.

    Find a testing location Get your digital vaccine record

    Higher education

    Higher education institutions must follow CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.

    Employers must comply with California’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards.

    Find resources for colleges and universities to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

    Public colleges and universities have shared the latest information for their communities.

    If you’re applying for or getting financial aid, visit the California Student Aid Commission website for updates.


    Childcare

    Childcare providers must follow the guidance for childcare.

    Visit ​​mychildcare.ca.gov to find a provider in your area.

    California has programs to help families pay for childcare. Find out if you qualify for help paying for childcare.


    Camps and supervised youth activities

    California’s guidance for overnight camps is in effect through September 2021.

    Day camps and other supervised youth activities must follow the guidance for K-12 schools. Post this checklist on your website to let employees and families know about your safety measures.


    Stay informed