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Local region on verge of entering ‘red’ in war on virus

Merced County’s transition from the state’s most restrictive COVID-19 “purple” status to an improved “red” tier is imminent, local health officials say. The red tier is the one in which schools have a direct pathway to reopen for on-campus instruction. To advance, however, the goal is a coronavirus test positivity rate of less than 8 percent,…

Kind Neighbor, a new healthy juice bar, opens in Merced

For the last two years, Rocio Gonzalez, a Merced resident, has been planning to start a business — an all natural juice bar. Her dream came true with the opening of Kind Neighbor. On Aug. 22, she held a soft opening at 560 W. 18th Street in Merced. She chose not to have a big grand opening with a party atmosphere due to COVID. At the…

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