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Update for January 5, 2021

As of January 5, California has 2,452,334 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 27,003 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 1.4 percent from the prior day total of 26,635.


Updated January 5, 2021, with data from January 4, 2021.

Note: Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from prior to yesterday. All-time series data is by reported date (the date information was reported to the California Department of Public Health).


State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

Posted: December 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19, including data on intensive care unit (ICU) capacity across the state. Based on ICU data, four regions, San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Greater Sacramento and the Bay Area are under the Regional Stay at Home Orde


It is likely that the Regional Stay at Home Order will extend for many regions in California. Regions must remain under the Regional Stay at Home Order for at least three weeks and shall continue until ICU capacity projections for four weeks from the day assessed are above or equal to 15%.


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Limited Stay Home Order

Posted: December 21, 2020 | cvv staff

On December 21, 2020, a Supplement to the Limited Stay Home Order was signed. The supplement extended the Limited Stay Home Order until such time as the Regional Stay Home Order has terminated in all Regions in the State of California. In addition to applying to the counties in the Widespread (purple) of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the Limited Stay Home Order also now applies in counties under Regional Stay Home Order. It directs that non-essential retail must cease between 10:00pm PST and 5:00am PST.


Merced County Receives Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Posted: December 17, 2020

The Merced County Department of Public Health (Department) received its first allocation of COVID-19 vaccine from the State. The first installment included 975 doses for distribution to acute care hospital facilities. The Department has adopted a phased approach which is included in the vaccine distribution matrix (attached). Merced County remains in Phase 1a of vaccine distribution.



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Stay Home for the Holidays: Gov Tightens COVID-19 Rules

Posted: November 23, 2020 By Steven Findlay-Quinci LeGardye | California Black Media


As COVID-19 case numbers climb, California has imposed tighter restrictions and ordered a ordered a statewide mask mandate, while advising residents to stay home. Out of the 58 California counties, 41 are now at the state’s most restrictive, or purple, tier, including Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties.


The governor announced a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in 41 counties. It will affect more than 90 % of Californians, but he stopped short of reissuing a statewide shelter-in-place order.


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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 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2020, there are 17,111 confirmed cases (+351 from Monday) of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Merced County. Approximately 3,260 of those cases are active, and 225 have died.

• Current Risk Tier: Purple (Widespread). Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Tiers are determined by the California Department of Public Health based on test positivity and adjusted case rate. Counties can move into more or less restrictive tiers based on these factors. Weekly tiers are updated on Tuesdays. More information: www.covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/





Because of our collective actions, California has limited the spread of COVID-19 and associated hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Still, the risk for COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection.


Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or pre symptomatic play an important part in community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing.


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