State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts


The California Department of Public Health today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California now has 10,701 confirmed cases and 237 deaths. As of April 2, local health departments have reported 156 confirmed positive cases in health care workers. For more information on COVID-19 and California’s response visit the California Department of Public Health website.

Testing in California
As of April 2, approximately 94,800 tests had been conducted in California. At least 35,267 results have been received and another 59,500 are pending. These numbers include data California has received from commercial, private and academic labs, including Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, University of California and Stanford, and the 22 state and county health labs currently testing.

How People Can Protect Themselves
Every person has a role to play. Protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  • Staying home except for essential needs/activities.
  • Practicing social distancing.
  • Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.


What to Do if You Think You’re Sick
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath) 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 before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

More information about what Californians can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is available

California continues to issue guidance on preparing and protecting California from COVID-19. Consolidated guidance is available at


  1. Jeffrey wirkus

    Iam a private contractor california tax paying sole propritor . My disaster unemployment assistance claim was not qualified. No description. Waited 3 times for 4 hrs trying to get to a consultant with Edd to no evail. Help governor. I should be able to recieve benifits. Do i need to start a protest at the capitol building. Ive paid all my taxes,worked on my hands and knees for 37 years. I have ALL MY FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS AND BUSINESS INFO. TO SHOW ISM LEGIT. HELP HELP HELP.

  2. DaVinci

    I am a unemployed worker who is a current enrollee receiving UI benefits.
    My benefit will be ending in a couple of weeks and I would like to get an extension.
    According to the EDD Benefits Guide: Page 12
    Extended Benefits
    Extended benefits are available to workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits when the unemployment rate equals or exceeds a certain percentage established by state or federal law or when the federal government approves special extended benefit legislation.
    Benefits are also extended by 13 weeks for workers who run out of the standard 26 weeks of state benefits (some states offer less).

    This came out on Tuesday March 25, 2020
    Expanded unemployment benefits: The stimulus plan includes major upgrades to U.S. unemployment insurance, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) described as “unemployment insurance on steroids.” The stimulus plan adds $600 per week on top of what unemployment programs normally pay, with that extra cash lasting four months. Benefits are also extended by 13 weeks for workers who run out of the standard 26 weeks of state benefits (some states offer less). The new plan also eliminates the waiting period to receive benefits and includes previously ineligible workers such as freelancers, contractors and furloughed employees.

    The Major Disaster Declaration makes federal funding available to state, tribal and local governments for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, and makes funding available for crisis counseling for impacted individuals.

    1.Unemployment in California exceeds previous unemployment and climbing
    2.California has been Declared Major Disaster

    Question: As a Current Enrollee does the extension happen automatically or do I need to
    apply again? not sure what next steps are. Please Help Help Help
    I have tried to contact EDD several times as well as Secretary Julie A Su and Director Sharon Hillard,
    no one has provided clarity on this important issue.

    Thank you

    Thank you

    • Jeffrey wirkus

      Hello, Iam a local flooring business. 20 years here in Brentwood. My projects started cancelling one after the other ( Total 8 as of today) starting in January.( This started early on for my business.) I have one that was going that postponed for 6 months due to their age and health concerns. I have fully researched the new disaster unemployment assistance act. I then appllied on line 2 weeks ago. As a tax paying documented business that is unable to go to project(s) due to nationally declared disaster. I should of qualified. But in online account i set up itvsays, no funds available for this claim.Of course I am about to send forms to appeal. However, it appears the EDD has not set it’s software or trained staff for new eligability protocols. No one answers at EDD , EVEN IF I STAY ON PHONE FOR ENTIRE 4 HR OPEN WINDOW TIMES. Where can i turn to for a resource for qualifying. PLEASE HELP. Thank you Jeff Wirkus J.W. Hardwood Floors Etc. P.s. I did apply for streamline SBA loan. They said 3 weeks until I get email requesting further information. Please, address this issue on your station. Owner operators that apply for this but are getting automatic rejection because being self employed . I don’t have money paid into EFF account for myself. HELP THANK YOU JEFF WIRKUS OWNER OPERATOR. I PLAN TO DO SOME KIND OF STRIKE AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN SACRAMENTO. ENEN IN LUE OF LOCKDOWN. HOPEFULLY LOCAL NEWS WILL DOCUMENT IT WHEN I DO. The governor is making sure the homeless are taken care of. However he’s not taking care of his tax-paying businesses in his state that need this help immediately. He Needs to get on the ca EDD WITH PLAN OF ACTION FOR THE SELF EMPLOYED WITH NO “PAID INTO” HI. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.


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