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July 30, 2020



PLEASE NOTE: This is an evolving situation. More information will be distributed as it becomes available. For the most up to date information, please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Additional information is available at www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirus. These status reports are released daily on normal business days. Statistics will continue to be updated on weekdays at www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirusstats.



• As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020, there are 4,065 confirmed cases (+159 from Wednesday) of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Merced County. Approximately 1,752 of those cases are active, and 39 have died.

• Please see “COVID-19 Testing Update” section for latest testing figures

• View this interactive dashboard online at: www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirusstats

• Based on information provided by individuals who test positive, Public Health staff will continue to assess risks of exposure and contact any affected individuals.

• Due to privacy laws, the Public Health Department cannot release identifying information related to positive cases.

• In California, there are 485,300 confirmed cases and 8,901 deaths.



• Merced County Public Health continues to coordinate with federal, state and local partners to further prepare us for future impacts. This includes working with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor COVID-19.

• The Merced County Department of Public Health provided a COVID-19 update to the Board of Supervisors during its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 28. That update can be viewed here: https://mercedcountyca.new.swagit.com/videos/74120?ts=698

• Today, the Merced County Department of Public Health confirmed four additional deaths related to COVID-19:

• Gender:

• Female: 2

• Male: 2

• Age:

• 35-49: 0

• 50-64: 1

• 65+: 3

• Underlying Health Conditions:

• Yes: 3

• No: 0

• Unknown: 1

• Merced County is on the State monitoring list due to rapidly increasing disease transmission, increased hospitalizations, and a rise in the percentage of individuals testing positive for COVID-19, indicating increased circulation throughout the community. Further details can be found at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/CountyMonitoringDataStep2.aspx

• In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by preventing large group gatherings, the County’s regional parks (Lake Yosemite, Hagaman Park and Henderson Park) will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. The parks will remain open on weekdays, but physical distancing must be adhered to and large group gatherings will continue to be prohibited.

• The Merced County Office of Emergency Services and Merced County Department of Public Health proclaimed a local and public health emergency March 13 in order to help address the outbreak. The Board of Supervisors ratified those actions during a March 16 special meeting.

• On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Executive Order N-33-20, asking California residents to stay at home. On March 20, Merced County’s Health Officer also issued an Order directing County residents to remain in their places of residence except to perform or receive essential services.

• The Merced County Public Health Department Operations Center was opened Jan. 27, 2020 (186 days) in order to prepare for COVID-19 in and around our community. The Merced County Emergency Operations Center are also currently active.



• As of July 30, a total of 25,052 tests have been performed in Merced County: 4,065 of those tests are confirmed as positive cases. These figures include testing through both the commercial and public health lab systems. (Please note: Due to an error, yesterday’s total testing numbers were reported at 25,555. That figure has since been corrected.)

• Testing Sites:

• Golden Valley Health Centers

• 645 7th St, Los Banos

• 1-866-682-4842

• www.gvhc.org

• Golden Valley Health Centers

• 857 W. Childs Ave., Merced

• 1-866-682-4842

• www.gvhc.org

• State Site

• 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, Merced

• 1-888-634-1123

• www.lhi.care/covidtesting

• CVS — Merced

• 1970 Yosemite Pkwy, Merced

• https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?WT.ac=cvs-storelocator-searchpilot-header-covid-7206

• CVS — Atwater

• 1651 Bellevue Rd, Atwater

• https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?WT.ac=cvs-storelocator-searchpilot-header-covid-7206

• Fountain View Urgent Care

• 374 W. Olive Ave. # A, Merced

• 209-384-5766

• Castle Family Health Urgent Care

• 3605 Hospital Rd, Atwater

• 209-381-2000

• San Joaquin Drug

• 9215 E, CA-140, Planada

• 209-382-1291

• Verily — Los Banos

• Los Banos Fairgrounds: 403 F St., Los Banos

• www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19

• Within the public health system, every person who has met CDC criteria for severe disease within Merced County has been tested.

• Public Health is actively identifying other methods to enhance testing capability for providers throughout the community and increase testing county-wide. We will continue to be notified should positive tests come through either system (public health or commercial).



• Coronavirus symptoms include: mild to severe respiratory illness, fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. If symptoms develop, individuals should stay at home to limit exposure to others.

• Persons who have recently traveled to China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, or Italy, or who have had contact with a person with possible COVID-19 infection and have the above symptoms should call their local health department or health care provider immediately.

• Do not go to your provider’s office without calling ahead. Do not call 911 for suspected COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency.

• During the flu season, there are steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:

• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms such as fever and cough.

• Cover sneezes or coughs with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Wear a face covering when in public.


For the most up to date information, please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx


We urge everyone to stay calm and follow all guidelines handed down through the state and local levels.

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