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Weekly coronavirus update 06/24/20

Post Date:06/24/2020 5:35 PM

June 24, 2020


CONTACT: Mike North, 209-726-2744





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: Additional information is available at Moving forward, these status reports will be released once a week on Tuesdays only. Statistics will be updated on weekdays at


  • As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020, there are 741 confirmed cases (366 active) of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Merced County. Of that number, 365 have recovered and 10 have died.
  • Please see “COVID-19 Testing Update” section for latest testing figures.


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  • View this interactive dashboard online at:
  • 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 190,776 confirmed cases and 5,640 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.
  • Over the weekend, the Merced County Department of Public Health confirmed the 9th and 10th deaths related to COVID-19. One was a male Merced County resident over the age of 65 and did not have underlying health conditions. The other was a female Merced County resident over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions
  • Recently, California mandated the use of face coverings in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings are now be required to be worn:
    • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
    • When obtaining healthcare services;
    • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or while in any private or ride-sharing vehicle including operators of the transportation;
    • When at the workplace or performing work off-site;
    • While outdoors in public spaces when physical distancing is not feasible.
  • 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 activated Jan. 27, 2020 (150 days) in order to prepare for COVID-19 in and around our community. The Merced County Emergency Operations Center and Human Services Agency Department Operations Center are also currently active.


  • 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.
  • Anyone who has had contact with a person with possible COVID-19 infection and has the above symptoms should call his/her local health department/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.



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