On Tuesday the California Department of Public Health released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state’s pandemic response.
► California has 4,592,312 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
► There were 4,081 newly reported confirmed cases Monday.
► Cases are occurring largely among unvaccinated populations. See the data for vaccinated and unvaccinated cases.
• For the week of September 26 – October 2, the average case rate among unvaccinated Californians age 16 or older is 38.7 per 100,000 per day and the average case rate among vaccinated Californians age 16 or older is significantly lower at 5.5 per 100,000 per day.
• The great majority of new cases are among unvaccinated individuals. The rate among the unvaccinated is 7.0 times the rate among the vaccinated.
► The 7-day positivity rate is 1.9%.
► There have been 98,930,411 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 290,083 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
► There have been 70,437 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
► As of Oct. 19, according to the CDC, 85.9% of eligible Californians have received at least one dose. Providers have reported to CDPH that a total of 51,357,333 vaccine doses have been administered statewide. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed. For more vaccination data, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Data Dashboard.
Stop the spread
The risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection continues as a number of Californians remain unvaccinated. With the emergence of the more transmissible Delta variant, there is a renewed urgency to get all eligible Californians vaccinated as quickly as possible and complete their two-dose vaccination process if they are receiving Pfizer or Moderna.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, free and provides excellent protection from severe COVID-19 illness, including the Delta variant, hospitalization, and death, according to the CDPH.
Vaccination appointments for individuals aged 12+ can be made by visiting myturn.ca.gov. The consent of a parent or legal guardian may be needed for those between the ages of 12 and 17 to receive a vaccination. Visit Vaccinate All 58 to learn more about the safe and effective vaccines available.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome
As of Oct. 18, there have been 660 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children reported statewide. MIS-C is a rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that can damage multiple organ systems. MIS-C can require hospitalization and be life threatening.
Keep California healthy
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
► Get vaccinated, it’s your turn now! Californians age 12+ are eligible to make appointments or go to a walk-in site for vaccination.
► If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches), call your health care provider.
► If you believe you have been exposed, get tested. Free, confidential testing is available statewide.
► Wear a mask when required. Read the latest face covering guidance.
► Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
► Delay travel (both domestic and international) until you are fully vaccinated. Read the CDC’s full travel guidance.
► Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home from work and school if you feel ill.
► Add your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.
► Answer the call or text if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or your local health department tries to connect.