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

Vaccine Boosters Update

The CDC has strengthened its recommendations and eligibility criteria for COVID-19 boosters. CDC now recommends that children ages 5 through 11 years should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. In addition, the CDC is strengthening its recommendation that those 12 and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 and older should receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first. California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, and Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, issued a joint statement supporting the recommendation by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup:

“COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to prevent hospitalization and serious illness, and data has shown that California’s vaccination efforts have saved tens of thousands of lives. The Omicron surge and its infectious subvariants have shown that children are also vulnerable, with their case rates and hospitalizations increasing across California – we support the recommendations of our federal and state partners to authorize and recommend the use of a booster dose for children ages 5 and up. It’s important to get kids vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible.”

See full statement.

Statewide COVID-19 Data

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


  • 75,709,724 total vaccines administered.
  • 84.1% of the eligible population (5+) has been vaccinated with at least one dose.
  • 49,300 people a day are receiving COVID-19 vaccination (average daily dose count over 7 days).



  • California has 8,797,890 confirmed cases to date.
  • Today’s average case count is 9,328 (average daily case count over 7 days).
  • Unvaccinated people are 4.9 times more likely to get COVID-19 than boosted individuals (April 25, 2022 – May 1, 2022).



  • The testing positivity rate is 6.0% (average rate over 7 days).


  • There are 1,708 hospitalizations statewide.
  • There are 208 ICU patients statewide.
  • Unvaccinated people are 7.4 times more likely to be hospitalized than boosted individuals (April 25, 2022 – May 1, 2022).



  • There have been 90,382 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
  • COVID-19 claims the lives of 9 Californians each day (average daily death count over 7 days).
  • Unvaccinated people are 9.1 times more likely to die than boosted individuals (April 18, 2022 – April 24, 2022).