More than 1 in 5 Californians have violated restrictions on group gatherings

UCLA Health Policy Research Center report reveals how residents responded to COVID-19 guidelines

More than one in five California adults said they “never” or only “sometimes followed state guidelines restricting group gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is one of the first findings of the 2021 California Health Survey, released by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

the CHIS COVID-19 2021 preliminary estimates dashboard uses survey data collected in March and April, including responses to questions about how often people wore face covers and washed their hands, and whether respondents practiced physical distancing or congregated with people outside their household.

The survey also asked if respondents were planning to be vaccinated or if they had already received at least one dose, as well as how the pandemic had affected their work situation and personal finances.

Another observation: Adults with the lowest incomes were more than twice as likely as those with the highest incomes to test positive for COVID-19. Among adults with incomes below the federal poverty line, 25.1% had received at least one positive test result for COVID-19, compared with only 12.0% of adults whose incomes were three times the poverty level or more.

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