State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates to the state’s COVID-19 response.

Earlier today, CDPH announced that 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Californians in some of the state’s hardest-hit communities, increasing immunity where the state’s transmission rates and disease burden have been the highest during the pandemic. With this equity metric met, and because vaccines slow the spread of disease and serious illness, the previously announced update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to account for progress with vaccine administration goes into effect.

Also today, the state launched an updated COVID-19 data dashboard to help improve tracking of the pandemic. Due to these improvements and updates, the state’s reported number of cases will have additional features, testing positivity rates will be more precise, and the number and investigation of deaths will go through additional confirmation.

Statewide COVID-19 Data as of Today

  • California has 3,520,333 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

  • There were 3,471 newly recorded confirmed cases Thursday.

  • The 7-day positivity rate is 2.3%.

  • There have been 49,535,787 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 92,180 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.

  • As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 54,878 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

  • As of March 12, providers have reported administering a total of 11,169,839 vaccine doses statewide. The CDC reports that 15,384,710 doses have been delivered to entities within the state, and 15,743,525 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.

Tracking Variants

Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been identified globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. These genetic mutations are expected, and some emerge and then disappear, while others persist or become common. Most variants do not have a meaningful impact. Public health becomes concerned about a variant when it affects COVID-19 transmission, severity, testing, treatment or vaccine effectiveness. Get more information on the variants CDPH is currently monitoring.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

With the Regional Stay at Home Order rescinded statewide as of January 25, all counties are now under the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity.

Blueprint Summary (as of March 9)

  • 34 counties in the Purple (widespread) Tier
  • 20 counties in the Red (substantial) Tier
  • 3 counties in Orange (moderate) Tier
  • 1 county in the Yellow (minimal) Tier


Blueprint tiers are updated weekly on Tuesdays. Find the status of activities in specific counties.