Must Watch: Dr. Emily Landon at the Illinois Governor’s COVID-19 Press Conference


Infectious diseases expert Dr. Emily Landon spoke during the Illinois governor’s #COVID19 press conference on 3/20/20. Hear her explain why the statewide order to stay at home is crucial to protecting everyone.

COVID-19 in California by the Numbers:

 As of March 20, 2020, 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, there are a total of 1,224 positive cases and 23 deaths in California (including one non-California resident).

Ages of all confirmed positive cases:

  • Age 0-17: 19 cases
  • Age 18-64: 876 cases
  • Age 65+: 321 cases
  • Unknown: 8 cases

24 – Cases of positive tests related to federal repatriation flights1,200 – Cases not related to repatriation flights

In order to better focus public health resources on the changing needs of California communities, beginning on March 18, the state is no longer collecting information about California travelers returning from countries that have confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks. Community transmission of COVID-19 has been identified in California since late February, and since early March, most of the confirmed cases in the state were not related to travel outside of the United States.

Twenty-two public health labs in California are testing samples for COVID-19. These labs include the California Department of Public Health’s Laboratory in Richmond, Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey, Napa-Solano-Yolo-Marin (located in Solano), Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sonoma, Tulare and Ventura County public health laboratories The Richmond Laboratory will provide diagnostic testing within a 48-hour turnaround time. This means California public health officials will get test results sooner, so that patients will get the best care.


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