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Stay home except for essential needs

Everyone in California is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This order began Thursday, March 19, 2020 and is in place until further notice.

Stay home order FAQ Orden de quedarse en casa


  • Stay home
  • Avoid people outside your household
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet whenever outside of the house


  • Leave the house except for essential activities
  • Shake hands
  • Touch your face
  • Go to doctor unless you call first
  • Stockpile masks or gloves

California is working around the clock to respond to COVID-19

  • Directed Californians to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus
  • Made testing free for most Californians who are medically eligible for testing
  • Ensured students continue to learn and get meals even when schools physically close
  • Deployed the California National Guard to work at food banks
  • Distributed millions of N95 masks and other protective gear to health care workers, with more to come soon
  • Secured travel trailers and hotels to house people experiencing homelessness

Latest numbers

As of April 5th, there are 14,336 positive cases and 343 deaths in California. Approximately 143,800 tests have been conducted. At least 129,693 results have been received and another 14,100 are pending.

See the latest California COVID-19 data, maps, and dashboards

Latest news

April 6, 2020 at 12:51 PM

Governor Newsom Announces Progress in Expanding Hospital Capacity to Fight Coming Surge in COVID-19 Cases

At former basketball arena being transformed into an alternate care site, Governor announces state has already secured up to 4,613 additional beds to fight COVID-19 and relieve pressure on the health care delivery system...

April 6, 2020 at 8:26 AM

California to Send 500 State-Owned Ventilators to the National Stockpile to Help States in Need

SACRAMENTO –Recognizing that states like New York are experiencing immediate supply shortages as a result of COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that California would help meet this moment by loaning 500 stat...

April 4, 2020 at 7:53 PM

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Provide Expanded Access to Child Care for Essential Workers During COVID-19 Response

Order will ensure guidance on prioritizing enrollment of children of essential critical infrastructure workers Order will suspend restrictions on access to state-subsidized child care programs Order also allows Californi...

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