Daily COVID-19 Update from the California Department of Public Health:


March 7, 2020


CONTACT: CDPHpress@cdph.ca.gov

Daily COVID-19 Update 

California Releases Updated Guidance for Schools, Colleges & Large Public Events to Prepare and Protect Californians from COVID-19

Updated guidance builds off existing emergency plans and incorporates latest science on how the virus is transmitted and global experience fighting COVID-19. 

Governor Newsom: The state of California is working around the clock to help shoulder the burden that Californians are facing during this crisis. We really are all in this.

SACRAMENTO – Today California officials issued updated guidance to schools, colleges and universities, event organizers and public health officials as they plan for further spread of COVID-19. 

“It’s a question of when – not if – some California public schools will face closure because of COVID-19. School districts must prepare for these scenarios so that parents and children can plan for what would happen if their local school faced closure,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.  

“It’s also not lost on anyone that these scenarios would put significant stress on families– especially those with the least financial resources. Already, we are seeing how this outbreak is having significant economic impact on families, workers, businesses and communities across California. The state of California is working around the clock to help shoulder the burden that Californians are facing during this crisis. We really are all in this together,” added Newsom. 

The guidance for large events is here. 

The guidance for schools is here. 

The guidance for colleges and universities is here. 

“We understand Californians are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and remind them that the best way to protect yourself and others is by washing your hands, covering your sneeze or cough, staying away from others who are sick, and staying home if you are sick. This new guidance is designed to help California improve preparation and prevention,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Health Officer. 

Today’s guidance follows guidance released yesterday to support elder care and congregate living facilities. That guidance is available here. 

For more information on COVID-19 and California’s response visit the CDPH website.

COVID-19 in California by the Numbers (as of 10 a.m. Pacific Time):
88 – Positive cases
1 – Death
24 – Cases of positive tests related to federal repatriation flights
64 – Cases not related to repatriation flights

10,250+ – Number of people self-monitoring who returned to the U.S. through SFO or LAX
49 – Number of local health jurisdictions involved in self-monitoring
15 – Labs with test kits
How Can People Protect Themselves:
Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:

What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:

Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
California’s Response to COVID-19:
We have been actively and extensively planning with our local public health and health care delivery systems. Here are some of the things we are already doing: 




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