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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

Find the latest COVID-19 data, maps, and dashboards

April 3rd update: there are 10,701 positive cases and 237 deaths in California as of April 2, 2020. Approximately 94,800 tests had been conducted. At least 32,944 results have been received and another 59,500 are pending as of April 1. See the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for the latest data.

Latest news

April 3, 2020 at 6:49 PM

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services 

Order allows health care providers to use video chats and applications to provide health services without risk of penalty Order aligns with federal Health and Human Services guidelines and waivers issued in response to C...

April 3, 2020 at 6:48 PM

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Consumers from Price Gouging  

Order comes in response to COVID-19 pandemic to limit price increases from sellers on critical items, such as food and medical supplies SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order expanding consume...

April 3, 2020 at 12:41 PM

At Newly Converted Motel, Governor Newsom Launches Project Roomkey: A First-in-the-Nation Initiative to Secure Hotel & Motel Rooms to Protect Homeless Individuals from COVID-19

State is securing thousands of isolation rooms in hotels and motels for extremely vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness to help flatten the curve & preserve hospital capacity California is the first in the...

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