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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 6th, there are 15,865 positive cases and 374 deaths in California. Approximately 157,800 tests have been conducted. At least 143,172 results have been received and another 14,600 are pending.

California Health and Human Services Agency is releasing this information as an open dataset. This includes dashboards for hospital data and statewide case statistics.

Latest news

April 7, 2020 at 9:06 PM

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Expand Support for Vulnerable Populations 

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that provides additional support for older adults and vulnerable young children. The order will allow for a 60-day waiver for In-Home Supportive Service...

April 7, 2020 at 5:41 PM

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Help State Procure Necessary Medical Supplies 

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order to help the state procure necessary medical supplies to fight COVID-19. A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and the text of the or...

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...

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