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Latest COVID-19 updates in California: Thursday, March 4


A lab worker holds a vial of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate in an undated photograph. (Johnson & Johnson/Handout via REUTERS)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Find the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic in California, including data on positive cases and other indicators, and information from local officials.

Daily Indicators

  • 7-day positivity rate: 2.1%
  • 14-day positivity rate: 2.5%
  • 49,147,685 tests reported
  • CA COVID-19 confirmed cases: 3,488,467
  • CA COVID-19 hospitalizations: 4,449
  • COVID-19 fatalities in CA: 53,048

Vaccines in California

  • 9,673,787 vaccines administered 
  • Who can get vaccinated now:
    – Phase 1A: Est. 3 million people
    – Phase 1B: Est. 12 million people

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed its review of the federal process and concluded the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for use in the Western States. The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington Tuesday evening, making the J&J vaccine the third COVID-19 vaccine supported for use in these states. Initial shipments of the vaccine were received this week.

County Tiers

  • 40 counties in the Purple (widespread) Tier
  • 16 counties in the Red (substantial) Tier
  • 2 counties in Orange (moderate) Tier

Tiers are updated weekly on Tuesdays.

COVID-19 variants

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the New York COVID-19 variant has been detected in two cases in Southern California.

According to the California Department of Public Health, multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been identified globally during the pandemic and these genetic mutations are expected.

You can learn more about the variants here.

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