Stay safe during the holidays. Celebrate in ways that don’t spread COVID-19. If you want to meet with family indoors and without masks, get vaccinated now.

Gathering safely

Mother, father, and two children dressed in winter coats and scarves throw fall leaves in the air behind text HOLIDAY TIPS ON HOW TO GATHER SAFELY THIS SEASON

As you gather with friends and family, keep COVID-19 in mind. Take steps to prevent its spread.

  • Get vaccinated. It’s the best way to protect others.
  • Keep gatherings small
  • If everyone at an indoor gathering is fully vaccinated, masks are optional
  • If your guests are unvaccinated or you don’t know their status, plan gatherings that are small, short, and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth:
    • When social distancing is not possible
    • When you might be around unvaccinated people, especially indoors
    • When around older individuals or people with medical conditions
  • When gathering inside, ventilate well. Open doors and windows, run HVAC systems, and install high-quality air filters.
  • Check local conditions. Your county may have stricter guidance than the state. Take extra precautions when local levels of virus transmission are high.
  • Activate CA Notify and ask your guests to do the same. CA Notify anonymously notifies individuals of a possible exposure.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Stay home if you are sick

Learn more at CDPH’s Holiday Gatherings & Travel page.

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


Unemployment insurance

You may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits if: 

  • You lost your job
  • Your hours were reduced
  • Your business was affected by COVID-19

Most federal unemployment benefits ended in September 2021. This includes:

  • Pandemic unemployment assistance
  • Pandemic additional compensation
  • Pandemic emergency unemployment compensation
  • Mixed earner unemployment compensation
  • Federal-state extended duration

Paid 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, you can:

You may also be able to use paid sick leave:

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

If you could not work between January 1 and September 30, 2021, you may be able to claim supplemental paid sick leave. This includes if you:

  • Could not work because you (or a family member you took care of) were sick or quarantined due to COVID-19
  • Took time off from work related to getting a vaccine

Use the eligibility navigator to check if you qualify.

If you cannot work due to, or are recovering from, COVID-19 illness, you may be eligible for: 

Find information about all of these benefits in this chart

Check the FAQs about these topics:

  • Job-protected unpaid leave (page 5)
  • Reasonable accommodation for a disability due to COVID-19 (pages 5-7)

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. 

Help for agricultural workers

California offers in-home quarantine support in participating counties for workers who need to self-isolate for up to 14 days. Hotel rooms are also offered in some areas. Visit Help for agricultural workers for more information.


Golden State Stimulus payments

Depending on your income, you may qualify for Golden State Stimulus (GSS) payments. Families with children may receive an increased payment. 

Your 2020 California income tax return determines if you’re eligible to receive GSS I or GSS II payments. 

Generally, you must have filed your 2020 California income tax return by October 15, 2021 to be eligible. 

Undocumented workers with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) may be eligible. If you’re waiting to receive an ITIN to file your taxes, you must:

  • Have applied for an ITIN by October 15, 2021, and
  • File your taxes by February 15, 2022

GSS I

GSS I is a one-time payment of either $600 or $1,200. You may qualify for a GSS I payment if you:

  • Received the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), or
  • Have a California adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less for the 2020 tax year and used an ITIN to file your taxes

GSS II

GSS II is a one-time payment of either $500, $600, $1,000, or $1,100. You may qualify for a GSS II payment if you have:

  • A California adjusted gross income of $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year, and 
  • Wages of $0 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year

Learn more about who qualifies for the GSS

How to get GSS payments

If you’ve already filed your 2020 tax return, you do not have to do anything else. If you qualify, you’ll receive your payments by direct deposit or a check in the mail.


Food

Find food options available to everyone, whether you are working or not.

More options are available for:


Housing, rent, and utilities

If you’re experiencing homelessness, find a contact in your area for help.

Renters struggling due to COVID-19 can get help paying their rent and utility bills. Learn about eviction protection for renters.

If you own a home and are behind on your mortgage payments due to COVID-19, find out how to request mortgage forbearance.


Healthcare and health insurance

Community health clinics

Community health centers and clinics offer free or low-cost medical services. Find a health center in your area.

Health insurance

Get free or low-cost health insurance through Covered California

If you received unemployment insurance, you may be able to get health insurance for as low as $1 per month. 

All plans cover treatment and vaccines for COVID-19.

How to apply

Covered California and Medi-Cal use the same application. You can submit one application to find out which programs you qualify for.

Apply for Covered California

For free and confidential help, call 800-300-1506 (M-F, 8 am to 6 pm).


Benefits for families with children

CalWORKs cash aid

Families with children may be eligible for cash aid through the CalWORKs program. Families that qualify get monthly cash aid to help pay for housing, food, clothing, and more. 

Families that have little cash on hand may qualify. It also depends on other factors like:

  • Citizenship
  • Age
  • Income
  • Assets

Families that have little or no cash can receive up to $200 immediately if they have a family emergency like:

  • No food, essential clothing, or place to stay
  • Urgent medical needs

Apply at BenefitsCal or contact the social services agency in your county. 

Federal Child Tax Credit

If you have children, you may be eligible for the federal Child Tax Credit (CTC), even if you make little or no money.

The CTC amount you may qualify for depends on:

  • Your income
  • Your tax filing status
  • The number of children you claim

Learn the basics about the federal CTC.

How to get the CTC

If you qualify, you will receive the CTC if you’ve done any of these:

  • Filed a 2019 or a 2020 tax return
  • Gave the IRS your information using a non-filer portal
  • Gave the IRS your information to receive the Economic Impact Payment

File a simplified tax return by November 15, 2021, if you:

  • Have not given the IRS your information
  • Usually do not need to file taxes

Monthly payments

You do not have to wait until you file your taxes in 2022 to start getting the CTC. You can get half of your CTC money in 2021 as advance monthly payments. You will get the other half when you file your tax return in 2022.

From July 2021 through December 2021, you can get monthly CTC payments up to:

  • $300 per child under age 6
  • $250 per child ages 6 to 17

Eligible families receive monthly deposits or paper checks directly from the IRS. 

Use the CTC Update Portal to:

  • Check your eligibility for advance payments
  • Get information about your monthly payment amounts
  • Opt-out of advance payments

Call the CTC Helpline at 800-908-4184 to talk to someone who can answer general CTC questions.

California’s child tax credits

State tax credits are available to working Californians that have children. This includes undocumented workers. 

California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)

If you’re working for a low wage, you can get money back based on how much you earned and how many children you have. If you made $30,000 or less in 2020, you may qualify for the CalEITC.

The CalEITC is a tax credit that can reduce the amount of taxes you owe or increase your tax refund amount. Getting CalEITC does not prevent you from qualifying for any other benefits.

Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) 

You may qualify for the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) of up to $1,000 if you:

  • Qualified for CalEITC, and 
  • Have a child that was under age 6 on December 31, 2020

If you qualify, you could get a bigger tax refund or a reduced tax bill. 

How to get these tax credits

You must file your state tax return to claim both the CalEITC and the YCTC. File your taxes online for free. If you do not have a Social Security Number, file your taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Find out more about ITINs and how you can get one.

Childcare

California has programs to help families pay for childcare. Find out if you qualify for help paying for childcare. You can also call 1-800-KIDS-793.


Funeral costs

Financial help is available for COVID-19 related funeral expenses.

To apply, call the COVID-19 funeral assistance helpline at 844-684-6333 (M-F, 6 am to 6 pm). You cannot apply online.

Find more details in the frequently asked questions.

We track COVID-19 variants in California to control the spread of the disease.

On this page:


Variants in California

California genetically sequences a sample of positive COVID-19 tests to determine their variant. Knowing what variants are circulating in California informs public health and clinical action.

This chart shows the sample of sequenced positive tests where the variant was identified. Sequencing can only be done at specialized labs. It generally occurs several days or more after a test is identified as positive for COVID-19. Not all positive COVID-19 tests are genetically sequenced.

  • % of sequenced
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  • Week ending
  • Pending
  • Data incomplete for recent dates
  • All time
  • 6 months
  • 90 days

Explore more data

State data

Statewide and county cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and tests, including by vaccination status, gender, and age

Vaccination data

State and county data about vaccination, including by race and ethnicity and age

Health equity data

How COVID-19 has affected different communities across the state

Data and tools

In-depth models, dashboards, databases, and information about California’s COVID-19 data reporting

What changes on January 15

Beginning January 15, mega-events include indoor events with 500 or more people, and outdoor events with 5,000 or more people.

Read the guidance

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 500 or more people
  • Outdoor events with 5,000 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

Find complete details in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) mega-events guidance.


Indoor events

For indoor events with 500 or more people, attendees age 2 and older must provide proof that they: 

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

Get your digital vaccine record to show you’re fully vaccinated. There are other ways to prove that you’re fully vaccinated. Find all options in the CDPH Vaccine Record Guidelines and Standards.

If you provide test results for entry, the test must have been conducted in the last:

  • 1 day for an antigen test, or
  • 2 days for a PCR test.

Find a testing location in your area.

Attendees cannot self-attest to verify vaccination status or a negative test result.

Attendees age 18 and older must provide identification at indoor mega-events. Your identification must confirm you are the person:

  • Presenting proof of vaccination status or negative test result, and
  • Entering the venue.

Masks

Everyone must wear a mask at indoor mega-events. Your vaccination status or negative test result does not matter. Learn more about when to wear a mask.  


Outdoor events

For outdoor events with 5,000 or more people, CDPH recommends that venue and event operators require attendees age 2 and older to provide proof that they: 

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

CDPH recommends using the Vaccine Record Guidelines and Standards to verify vaccination status.

If you provide test results for entry, the test must have been conducted in the last:

  • 1 day for an antigen test, or
  • 2 days for a PCR test.

CDPH does not recommend using self-attestation to verify vaccination status or negative test results.

CDPH recommends that operators require attendees age 18 and older to provide identification at outdoor mega-events. You may be asked to show identification that confirms you are the person:

  • Presenting proof of vaccination status or negative test result, and
  • Entering the venue.

Masks

Everyone must wear a mask at outdoor events when entering indoor areas like:

  • Restrooms
  • Restaurants
  • Retail shops
  • Concourses
  • Concession stands

Find complete details about the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Masks.

California is tracking data to understand the spread of COVID-19.

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Vaccines prevent serious illness, save lives, and reduce further spread of COVID-19. As more people are vaccinated, the virus is less likely to spread, mutate, and potentially become even more dangerous. Vaccines will help put an end to the pandemic.
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Cases and deaths by ethnicity, gender, and age

The distribution of confirmed COVID-19 cases reveals significant disparities within California’s overall racial and ethnic demographics, with Latino and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander groups having a disproportionate number of cases relative to their population in the state. Additional COVID-19 race and ethnicity data is available.

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Explore more data

Vaccination data

State and county data about vaccination, including by race and ethnicity and age

Variants

Data about which variants are in California, including Delta and Omicron

Health equity data

How COVID-19 has affected different communities across the state

Data and tools

In-depth models, dashboards, databases, and information about California’s COVID-19 data reporting

Vax for the Win

California’s vaccine incentive program

Get vaccinated, get rewarded

The “You Call the Shot California” $50 card program ended January 7, 2022.

You must have redeemed your code for a $50 card by then. Cards are still valid after the program end date.

Need help? Call 1-833-993-3873.


Questions and answers

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

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, 2021. The program ended January 7, 2022.

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, 2021, you got 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 was 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 could 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, you would 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 did not receive 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 have used the redemption code by January 7, 2022. Once claimed, the Virtual Mastercard® expires after 12 months. The grocery cards never expire.

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.

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 for incentive cards and cash drawings, 18 and older for vacations drawings,
  • 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.

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.

California is tracking the progress of vaccinations across the state.

On this page:


Statewide vaccination data

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

Overview of vaccine administration source data


Vaccination status by age, race and ethnicity, and Vaccine Equity Metric

These charts show our progress in vaccinating groups and communities with the most urgent need. You can view by age, race and ethnicity, or Vaccine Equity Metric (VEM), 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.

Vaccinated Status by Group source data


Vaccinations by zip code

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 policy and logistics changes in March 2021 and when 5-11 year-olds became eligible for vaccination in November 2021.

Vaccinations over time source data

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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People with at least one dose of vaccine administered by race and ethnicity in California source data


Explore more data

A digital copy of your vaccination record is available to everyone who received a vaccine in California.

State data

Statewide and county cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and tests, including by vaccination status, gender, and age

Variants

Data about which variants are in California, including Delta and Omicron

Health equity data

How COVID-19 has affected different communities across the state

Data and tools

In-depth models, dashboards, databases, and information about California’s COVID-19 data reporting

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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.
  • Whether you’re vaccinated or not, get tested 3-5 days after returning to California.

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.

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 5 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 for kids aged 12 and up.  A lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine is now authorized for kids aged 5 to 11.

Both are safe and effective in protecting children from COVID-19.


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 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 after vaccination. 

What we know

  • Vaccinations can prevent nearly all COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths. Post-vaccination cases are rare, but happen.
  • Vaccinations reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective against many variants of the virus, including Delta.
  • People with weakened immune systems 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.

Read more from CDPH:


Vaccines and variants

Vaccination has proven very effective against COVID-19 variants like Delta. We don’t yet know how effective it will be against emerging variants like Omicron. 

The best thing we can do to limit virus spread and mutation is to:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Get your booster if you’re eligible

See variants now present in California.

More info about COVID-19 variants from CDPH:


Booster shots and additional doses

Booster shots

Booster shots are now available for everyone 12 and older.

Get a booster shot as soon as you’re eligible:

  • If you got a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, get a booster shot after 5 months
  • If you got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, get a booster shot after 2 months

Your booster shot can be a different vaccine brand than you got in your original series. A Pfizer or Moderna booster is strongly advised for those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those aged 12-17 can only get a Pfizer booster.

To book your booster shot or find a walk-in clinic, visit My Turn.

See why the CDC urges you to stay up to date with your vaccines.

Read more booster facts and booster questions and answers from CDPH.

Additional doses

Additional doses of Pfizer or Moderna are available for those with compromised immunity. 

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

Children aged 5-11 with these conditions can get an additional dose of Pfizer.

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


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 Pfizer or Moderna. Despite this, the CDC says 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.

Read more in the CDC’s Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.


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, then a booster shot 5 months later
  • Two doses for the Moderna vaccine, 28 days apart, then a booster shot 5 months later 
  • Just one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, then a booster shot 2 months later

If two shots are needed at first, 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.

Children aged 5-11 who get the lower-dose Pfizer vaccine should also get two shots 21 days apart.

Booster or additional doses of these vaccines are available for those 18 and older. Those aged 12-17 can get the Pfizer booster. The Moderna or Pfizer booster is recommended for those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Read Booster shots and additional doses to see if you are eligible.

Only a single booster dose is recommended now. You should not repeat a vaccine series.

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

Yes, after you complete your first vaccination series. In the United States, that means:

  • Two shots of the Pfizer vaccine 21 days apart, or 
  • Two shots of the Moderna vaccine 28 days apart, or 
  • One shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Then you may choose another vaccine to receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine they got before, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC recommendations now allow for this type of mix-and-match dosing for booster doses.

A Pfizer or Moderna booster is strongly advised for those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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. The CDC recommends that people who have already had COVID-19 get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

We do not know how long your protection lasts from getting infected again after you recover. 

One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than twice as likely as vaccinated people to get it again.

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 local doctor, health department, or pharmacy.

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

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

If you have no provider, the 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, inform your doctor. They can prescribe this service and put you in touch with transportation.

What to expect after vaccination

Will I need a booster vaccination?

Yes. It’s recommended that you get a booster shot as soon as you’re eligible:

  • If you got a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, get a booster shot after 5 months
  • If you got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, get a booster shot after 2 months

Your booster shot can be a different vaccine brand than you received before. A Pfizer or Moderna booster is strongly advised for those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots are only for those 18 and older. Pfizer booster shots can be given to those aged 12 and older.

Californians can schedule their booster shot or find a walk-in clinic at My Turn. Read more about booster shots and booster questions and answers from CDPH.

The CDC recommends additional doses of Pfizer or Moderna for those with compromised immunity. This includes 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

Children aged 5-11 with these conditions can get an additional dose of Pfizer.

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 acceptable: 

  • 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 & Johnson).

Booster doses are not required to be considered fully vaccinated. But we recommend you get a booster as soon as you’re eligible to get the most protection from COVID-19.

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 can be shared. The state prevents individuals being identified in shared data.

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.

If I get a booster shot or additional dose, will it show on my digital vaccine record?

They will not automatically show on your digital vaccine record. You will need to go to the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal to get a new QR code.

Wait 14 days for your new dose to show up in the California Immunization Registry before you try to get a new QR code.

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. It must be from the 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. We must 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 5 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. Talk to your child’s doctor before vaccination if they’ve had:   

  • Severe allergies
  • Flu vaccination reactions

Can children who have pre-existing conditions like asthma get vaccinated?

Youth aged 5 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 to attend in-person schooling?

Yes. Students will soon be required to be vaccinated for in-person learning. This will start the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and K-6). The COVID-19 vaccine will be added to the list of required vaccinations for school. This includes vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and more.

Why did it take longer for the COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for youth?

Vaccine trials commonly begin with older, more vulnerable populations. They then extend to younger ages. This phased eligibility approach balances the need for both safety and speed.

Clinical trials in more than 4,500 children ages 5-11 prove the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It results in a strong antibody response in children who received the vaccines.

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 
  • Meets with a business need

This could include a safety-related standard requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

If an employee cannot be vaccinated because of a disability, the employer may not require them to. 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.

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 (like homeless shelters and correctional facilities)
  • State employees
  • Care workers
  • K-12 teachers and school staff

Healthcare workers and workers in congregate settings must be fully vaccinated and get a booster. 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
  • Wear masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. 

Read more in:

California state employees must 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 must be vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID-19.

Workers in adult and senior care facilities and in-home care workers must be vaccinated. For details and exceptions, see the September 28 public health order.

CDPH expanded this order to include workers in senior living and hospice workers. See expansion of vaccine requirement FAQ for details.

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 had a severe or immediate reaction to an mRNA vaccine or its ingredients:
    • Do not get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. 
    • Ask your doctor if you can get the Janssen vaccine.
  • If you had a severe or immediate reaction to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or its ingredients:
    • Do not get it again. 
    • 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:
    • Do not get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
    • Ask your doctor if you can get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • If you are allergic to polysorbate:
    • Do not get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
    • Ask your doctor if you can get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

People with 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 strongly recommends that if you’re pregnant or or could be pregnant, you get vaccinated. If you get COVID-19 while you are pregnant, you are more likely to get severely ill.  

The vaccines are safe for you and your baby. They do not contain the live virus, so they cannot cause COVID-19. Vaccinated pregnant people also pass antibodies to their fetus in the womb. Their babies are then born with some protection.

COVID-19 vaccines are also safe for those who breastfeed and their babies. Breastfeeding people who got Moderna or Pfizer vaccines have antibodies in their breast milk. This could help protect their babies.

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, 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 Vaccines.gov allow you to search for vaccines by manufacturer.

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

If you’re getting a booster shot, you can choose to get a different vaccine brand than you originally got.

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 Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have EUAs for use in anyone aged 18 and up. The Pfizer vaccine has an EUA for use in children aged 12 to 15. The lower-dose Pfizer vaccine has an EUA for use in children aged 5 to 11.

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. You must show proof of full vaccination and booster (if it’s been 6 months or more since your vaccination) if you visit a:

  • Hospital
  • Skilled nursing facility
  • Intermediate care facility 
  • Adult and senior care facility

If you are not fully vaccinated and boosted, you must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

Exceptions to this rule are:

  • Visits to a patient where death is imminent
  • Emergency situations

All visitors must wear masks and PPE and keep social distance during their visit. Read CDPH’s healthcare visitor requirements and FAQ.

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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All Californians—regardless of where they live, their working environment, their social supports, or how they identify⁠—deserve a healthy life.

On this page you’ll find: 

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. This data reflects the last 30 days.

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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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Data completeness is critical to addressing inequity

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.

Explore more data

State data

Statewide and county cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and tests, including by vaccination status, gender, and age

Vaccination data

State and county data about vaccination, including by race and ethnicity and age

Variants

Data about which variants are in California, including Delta and Omicron

Data and tools

In-depth models, dashboards, databases, and information about California’s COVID-19 data reporting

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

On this page:


How to get tested

Find testing near you

See a map of testing sites near you:

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.

You can now get 4 free at-home tests shipped to you by the U.S. government. Limit is one shipment per household.

Get free test kits

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.


When to get tested

If you have symptoms

Vaccinated or not, get tested immediately if you’re feeling any COVID-19 symptoms.

If you were exposed

Anyone exposed should consider getting tested as soon as possible, even if you have no symptoms.

Test again 5 days after exposure.

If you go to a high-risk event

Unvaccinated people should test before and 3-5 days after.

For mega-events of more than 500 people, all attendees should test 1 day (antigen test) or 2 days (PCR test) before the event and bring proof of negative results. Children under 2 are exempt from testing.

If you travel

Unvaccinated people should test 1-3 days before travel, and 3-5 days after.

Vaccinated or not, anyone entering or re-entering California should test 3-5 days after arrival.

Read more in CDPH’s testing fact sheet and travel guidelines.


When to isolate or quarantine

If you test positive or are exposed to COVID-19, you must isolate or quarantine.

Isolation means staying home and away from others. It is for people who are ill or test positive.

Quarantine means staying home. It is for people who have been exposed, but test negative.

If you test positive 

Whether you have symptoms or not:

  • Isolate until you feel better and test negative
    • Sleep and stay in a separate room from those not infected
    • Use a separate bathroom if you can
    • Wear a mask around others, even at home
  • Get tested (antigen preferred) on Day 5 or later
    • End isolation if you test negative
  • End isolation on Day 10 if symptoms are gone or going
  • After you recover, wear a mask around others for 5 days

Learn more in self-isolation instructions from CDPH.

If you were exposed

Even if you test negative:

  • Quarantine for 5 days
    • Day 0 is the day you found out you were exposed. Day 1 is the next day.
    • Wear a mask around others, even at home
  • Get tested as soon as possible to see if you need to isolate
  • Test again on Day 5
    • End quarantine if you test negative and have no symptoms
  • After quarantine, wear a mask around others for another 5 days
  • If you are fully vaccinated and got a booster shot, or recently vaccinated, you can skip quarantine
    • But still test on Day 1 and Day 5, and mask for 10 days

Learn more in self-quarantine instructions from CDPH.

Healthcare workers should follow a stricter protocol. Read it at Guidance on Quarantine for Health Personnel.

Rules for isolation and quarantine may be more restrictive in your area. Check your area’s COVID-19 website.

Learn more about quarantine and isolation:


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.

But there are some COVID-19 tests you do have to pay for:

  • At-home test kits 
  • Some rapid result tests

Testing at work

Screening tests are recurring tests of people without symptoms in certain high-risk workplaces. They are meant to detect COVID-19 early and stop transmission.

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.

Read CDPH’s Updated Testing Guidance for more about workplace screening tests.


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 COVID-19 test results to come back?

Turnaround time for COVID-19 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 negative result must be from the last 3 days. For antigen, the negative result must be from the last day.

A shorter test window is required at mega-events (over 500 people). There you must show a negative PCR test result from within the last 2 days, or a negative antigen test result from within the last day. Children under 2 are exempt from testing.

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:

  • Test again after 5 days. If you test negative, you can be with others.
  • Wear a mask around others for another 5 days, even at home.

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

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

You should self-isolate (stay home and away from others). Avoid those in your household who have not tested positive:

  • Sleep and stay in a separate room from them
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible. Multiple infected people in the same household can use the same room for isolation.

Multiple infected people in the same household can use the same room for isolation. Learn more in self-isolation instructions from CDPH.

Members of your household should get tested right away and quarantine (stay home).

  • If they never show symptoms, they may stop quarantine:
    • After 5 days with a negative test
    • After 10 days with no test 
  • They should wear a mask around others for a total of 10 days, even at home.
  • If symptoms occur, they should immediately self-isolate and get tested.

They do not have to quarantine if:

  • They are fully vaccinated and got a booster against COVID-19 and show no symptoms
  • But they should still test on Day 1 and 5, and wear a mask around others for 10 days

Learn more in self-quarantine instructions from CDPH.

Anyone exposed to COVID-19 should take extra precautions for 10 days:

  • Wear a mask around others, even at home
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Stay 6 feet from others
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces

Learn more about quarantine and isolation:

What support does California provide during COVID isolation or quarantine?

If you can’t work because you have COVID-19 or are near someone who has it, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim

If you can’t work because you are caring for a family member with COVID-19, there is help for your lost wages. File a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim

In both these cases, you must have a note from a healthcare worker.


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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

Get vaccinated, and get your kids 5 and older 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 5.

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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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Isolation and quarantine

Find out how long to stay home and avoid others if you test positive or are exposed to COVID-19.

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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 500 or more people and outdoor events with 5,000 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.


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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.

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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.

Statewide dashboard on Tableau

Case, death, and test source data and data dictionary on Open Data Portal

Probable case data 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.

Hospital dashboard on Tableau

Hospital source data and data dictionary 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.

COVID-19 outbreak source data and data dictionary 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.

PPE distribution dashboard on Tableau

PPE distribution source data on Open Data Portal

PPE distribution data dictionary

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

The impact on people experiencing homelessness

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

Homeless dashboard on Tableau

Homelessness source data on Open Data Portal

Homeless impact data dictionary

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 DELIVEREDNumberTotal number of donated Project Roomkey trailers delivered statewide

Databases

You can access the COVID-19 database in two ways:

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

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  2. Access the data through the

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Source data and dictionaries

The California Open Data Portal hosts the source data and dictionaries used for all the charts on this website. This includes:


Contact for questions

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


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State data

Statewide and county cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and tests, including by vaccination status, gender, and age

Vaccination data

State and county data about vaccination, including by race and ethnicity and age

Variants

Data about which variants are in California, including Delta and Omicron

Health equity data

How COVID-19 has affected different communities across the state

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    Wear your mask in indoor public spaces and workplaces

    Due to a recent increase in cases, CDPH has mandated that everyone in California wear a mask in indoor public spaces and workplaces. The order is in effect December 15, 2021 to February 15, 2022.

    Here are California’s current mask recommendations and requirements.

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    When to wear a mask

    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:
    • Indoor public spaces (until February 15, 2022)
    • Workplaces (until February 15, 2022)
    • 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
    Masks are required for unvaccinated people and recommended for everyone in:
    • Places of worship
    Illustration of a man and a woman wearing masks while riding a train


    Upgrade your mask

    When cases are on the rise or your risk is higher, increase your protection by upgrading your mask.

    Most effective:

    • N95

    More effective:

    • KF94
    • KN95
    • Double mask
    • Fitted surgical mask

    Effective:

    • Surgical mask

    Least effective:

    • Cloth mask with 3 or more layers

    Whatever mask you wear, make sure it fits to your face closely and without gaps.

    Learn more:


    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 Masks.


    Masking at work

    • Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Masks are not required outdoors (except during outbreaks), regardless of vaccination status. Workers should be trained for outdoor use of face coverings.
    • 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

    Masks are required to be worn indoors by all employees and patrons. This is in effect until February 15, 2022.

    This mask requirement applies to all workplaces, regardless of whether or not they serve the public, or are open to the public.


    Questions and answers

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

    All employers must require employees to wear masks indoors, 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?

    Until February 15, 2022, all employees in a workplace must wear a mask.

    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 state. 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

    There are food benefits and resources for Californians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food help is available to everyone who needs it, whether you are working or not.

    On this page:


    Immediate food help

    Find your local food bank

    If you need food now, you can get help from your local food bank. Many food banks can connect you with free groceries or a hot meal.

    Contact your local food bank for a list of places you can get food in your area.

    Find a food bank near you

    Call 211

    If you need help finding food or other essential services, call 211 to speak to someone who can help. 

    211 is a free and confidential helpline that connects you to local resources like:

    • Affordable housing or shelter
    • Cash assistance
    • Healthcare
    • Referrals for childcare

    It is available in over 100 languages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


    CalFresh

    If your income has decreased or stopped, you can apply for CalFresh food benefits.

    You can use CalFresh to help buy food at grocery stores, farmers markets, and online. People and families with low income can apply for CalFresh any time.

    Apply for CalFresh

    You can also call 1‑877‑847‑3663 (1‑877‑847‑FOOD) to apply.

    Getting CalFresh does not affect:

    • Other benefits you may be receiving
    • Your immigration status or make you a public charge

    EBT cards work online

    Your CalFresh benefits (sometimes called SNAP or food stamps) are issued on an EBT card each month.

    Use your EBT card to buy groceries online at:

    Shop online and pay at pickup with your EBT card at: 

    More information about using EBT cards

    Temporary expanded eligibility for college students

    Some college students are eligible to receive CalFresh benefits to help buy groceries. Learn more about the temporary changes to student eligibility.

    Apply for CalFresh for students

    Women, infants, and children (WIC) food benefits

    WIC helps families get access to healthy foods and a lot more. WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Parents, grandparents, foster parents, or guardians can enroll children under age 5. Working families, including military and migrant families, can apply too.

    WIC provides:

    • Benefits to buy healthy foods like:
      • Fruits
      • Vegetables
      • Milk
      • Eggs
      • Bread
      • Cereal
      • Peanut butter
      • Soy milk
    • Experts who specialize in nutrition for mothers and children
    • Support and information about breastfeeding your baby, including access to breastfeeding experts
    • Help in finding healthcare and other services

    Families get new, increased WIC fruits and vegetables benefits through December 2021.

    If you lost your job recently, you can apply for WIC. You can also apply if your income has decreased, or if you are unable to work, even temporarily, due to COVID-19.

    Visit MyFamily.WIC.ca.gov, or call 1‑888‑942‑9675 (1‑888‑WIC‑WORKS) for more information.


    School meals

    Check your local school district to find out how and where to get free or reduced-cost school meals.

    The CA Meals for Kids app can help students and families find meals. The app is free. Download it from Apple’s App StoreGoogle’s Play Store, and Microsoft’s App Store.


    Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for children

    Children can get Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits that help their families buy food.

    Children may be eligible for P-EBT if they are:

    • Eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school, or
    • Under age 6 and getting CalFresh food benefits

    Families do not need to sign-up or submit an application to get P-EBT. Information from other programs determines if your child is eligible.

    You can:

    • Make sure your child’s school has their current mailing address on file
    • Apply for free or reduced-price meals through your child’s school
    • Apply for CalFresh

    Getting P-EBT does not affect:

    • Other benefits you may be receiving
    • Your immigration status or make you a public charge

    P-EBT cards

    P-EBT cards work the same as CalFresh EBT cards. You can use them to buy food at most grocery stores, farmers markets, and online.

    If your child already has a P-EBT card, it will be reloaded with up to $375 in December 2021.

    For children that are newly eligible for P-EBT, cards will be mailed out in December 2021. Each child gets a separate card. Cards are mailed out based on age and alphabetical order by first name.

    There are more P-EBT benefits coming for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Visit the P-EBT website for more information about this program.

    If you need help, call the P-EBT Helpline at 877-328-9677 (M-F, 6 am to 8 pm).


    Home-delivered meals for older adults

    You can get home-delivered meals if you’re:

    • Age 60 or older, and
    • Frail or homebound due to illness or disability, or otherwise isolated

    Your income level does not affect your eligibility to receive meals.

    If you’re eligible to receive meals, your household members may also be able to get meals. This includes:

    • Your spouse, even if they are under age 60
    • Household members with a disability

    To find a meal provider:

    • Call 1-800-510-2020. This automated line connects you to the phone line for services in your county. It is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. 
    • Find the phone number for your county on this list and call it to get connected.

    Find more services

    More services are available to:

    • Older adults
    • Adults with disabilities
    • Family caregivers

    To learn more:

    Food boxes for older adults

    If you’re 60 or older, you can get extra food boxes from some food banks to supplement your diet. These food banks distribute food boxes. Call the listed food bank in your area to get a box.

    Great Plates Delivered

    The Great Plates Delivered program ended on July 9, 2021. This program delivered meals from local restaurants to older adults. This program helped seniors stay safe at home during the pandemic.

    Call the California COVID-19 information hotline

    If you need help finding food, call California’s COVID-19 information hotline at 833-422-4255.

    The hotline is open M-F, 8 am to 8 pm, and Sat-Sun, 8 am to 5 pm. 

    Call the hotline for:

    • Help connecting to essential services in your area
    • Answers to general questions about COVID-19

    Get at-home COVID-19 tests for free

    You can now get 4 free at-home tests shipped to you by the U.S. government. Limit is one shipment per household.

    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.

    On this page:


    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.

    If you’ve been financially affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for help.

    Rent and utilities

    Renters can get protection against eviction and help with payments for rent and utilities. Landlords may apply for help as well.

    Food

    Find out what free food or EBT cards to buy food you may be eligible to get.

    Sick leave

    If you can’t work because you or a family member you care for has COVID-19, you can get paid leave.

    Stimulus payments

    Learn what stimulus payments are still available, and how you can qualify for them.

    Unemployment

    Pandemic-specific benefits ended or were reduced on September 4, 2021. Find out what you’re eligible for now, and how to apply.

    Business grants and loans

    If you’re a business owner who has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for grants, loans, and tax credits.

    Housing and homelessness

    If you’re struggling to find housing, we can help.

    Mortgage

    Homeowners and landlords who are having a hard time paying their mortgage may get relief or more time to pay.

    Funeral costs

    There are programs that can help with the financial burden of this difficult time.

    Benefits for children

    Find out what financial and daycare benefits are available for families with children.

    Healthcare and health insurance

    If you’re uninsured or need medical care, there are free or low-cost options to get the help you need.

    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.

    On this page:


    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.

    Vaccination requirements for students

    Students will be required to get vaccinated to come to school. This will take effect for students in grades 7 through 12 once the vaccine has full FDA approval for kids age 12 and up.

    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