COVID-19 Equity Metrics

CDPH strives to respond equitably to the COVID-19 pandemic and is therefore interested in how different communities are impacted. Collecting and reporting health equity data helps to identify health disparities and improve the state’s response. To that end, CDPH tracks cases, deaths, and testing by race and ethnicity as well as other social determinants of health, such as income, crowded housing, and access to health insurance.

During the response, CDPH used a health equity metric, defined as the positivity rate in the most disproportionately-impacted communities according to the Healthy Places Index. The purpose of this metric was to ensure California reopened its economy safely by reducing disease transmission in all communities. This metric is tracked and reported in comparison to statewide positivity rate. More information is available at

Data completeness is also critical to addressing inequities. CDPH reports data completeness by race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity to better understand missingness in the data.

Health equity data is updated weekly. Data may be suppressed based on county population or total counts.

For more information on California’s commitment to health equity, please see

This dataset updates every week

Data and Resources

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