COVID-19 By The Numbers

As COVID-19 conditions continue to improve across California and the Omicron surge subsides, temporary measures the state had put in place will expire in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 cases and the rate of community transmission have steadily decreased statewide since early January, and hospitalizations are either plateauing or declining in most regions of the state. Since California’s peak during the Omicron surge, the state has experienced a 65% decrease in case rates.

Additional visitation requirements that took effect on Jan. 7 for long-term care facilities expired Feb. 7. Definitions for indoor and outdoor mega events will return to pre-surge guidance (from 500 to 1,000 attendees for indoor events, and 5,000 to 10,000 attendees for outdoor events) after Feb. 15. The indoor masking requirement will expire after Feb. 15 reverting to the previous guidance which requires masking for unvaccinated individuals in all indoor public settings and required masking for all individuals regardless of vaccination status in higher risk settings like public transit and congregate living. Workplaces will continue to follow the COVID-19 prevention standards set by CalOSHA.

The state is continuing to work with education, public health and community leaders to update masking requirements at schools to adapt to changing conditions and ensure the safety of kids, teachers, and staff.

Additional adjustments to the state’s policies will be shared in the coming week.

“Omicron has loosened its hold on California, vaccines for children under 5 are around the corner, and access to COVID-19 treatments is improving,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “With things moving in the right direction, we are making responsible modifications to COVID-19 prevention measures, while also continuing to develop a longer-term action plan for the state.”

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state’s pandemic response.

California has 8,127,081 confirmed cases to date since 2019. Today’s average case count is 41,833 (average daily case count over 7 days). Currently in the state of California, there are 10,412 hospitalizations with 2007 ICU patients.

Unvaccinated people are 7.5 times more likely to get COVID-19 than boosted individuals (from Jan. 10, 2022 – Jan. 16, 2022). Rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are highest among unvaccinated individuals and lowest among boosted individuals. This is true for all age groups.

For more information, visit cdph.ca.gov.

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