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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Local School Event Closures





Merced City School District is responding to new reports from the Merced County Department of Public Health, concerning the global coronavirus pandemic. There is now one confirmed case in nearby Stanislaus County, identified as a community transmission. No MCSD students or staff have tested positive.

The District is requiring anyone with fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms to stay away from school, to ensure all students and staff are protected. Absence policies will be adjusted to allow staff and students to stay home.

School visitors will be limited at this time.

All school events including assemblies, field trips, sporting events, and professional development are canceled until further notice.

Social distancing is encouraged (six feet away or further.) Public events with 250 people or more should be avoided.

These steps are being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus to Merced City School District.
These are the recommendations of the Merced County Department of Public Health. MCSD will continue to update families and staff as the situation develops.

In his latest memo, Superintendent Alan Peterson cites the latest precautions as recommended by the Merced County Department of Public Health (MDPH) and Governor Newsom.
Here are the latest updates:
-Effective immediately, ALL school events and functions will be suspended through Spring Break (mid-April). A re-evaluation will be made on April 1st, however events scheduled in April may also be subject to cancellation.
-The MDPH is currently not recommending the closure of schools, and we do not anticipate that occurrence, however plans are being made so that we will be prepared for such a scenario.



“While we are not aware of any Merced County cases of COVID-19, at UC Merced we are taking all necessary precautions to protect our students, faculty and staff — including familiarizing ourselves with the amazing work of Mercy Medical Center, Merced County health officials and our city partners,” said Nathan Brostrom, interim chancellor of the university. “We are moving toward remote delivery of coursework and considering other ways to reduce face to face contact on campus, while still maintaining the essential services that resident students need to be healthy and safe and continue their education.”



Following the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding public gatherings, we have decided to CANCEL tonight’s opening reception and program for the “Beyond Appearance: Portraits of Merced County Women” exhibit at the Courthouse Museum.

Instead, we will OPEN the exhibit today at 1 p.m. and extend the museum hours to 6 p.m. for our visitors. Please keep in mind that the exhibit is on display from today to June 14 during the regular museum hours.


Concerns about the coronavirus canceled the Heart for Art program sponsored by the Retired Teachers Association.  The Franklin honors choir was to perform at the multi-medial Arts Center of Merced at 10:30  Tuesday, March 17th .  A gathering of young people with retirees  seems  unwise with the spread of the disease.



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


  • As of Wednesday, March 11, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Merced County.
  • In California, there are 169 active cases, four deaths and two recoveries. RECENT ACTIVITIES:
  • Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Merced County at this time, Merced County Public Health continues to coordinate with federal, state and local partners to further prepare us for any potential future impacts. This includes working with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor COVID-19.
  • In coordination with the Merced County Office of Emergency Services, daily situational status calls continued today with local government agencies, schools, and healthcare professionals in our community.
  • Dr. Ken Bird, Merced County’s Public Health Officer, provided a presentation to the Board of Supervisors during its March 10 meeting regarding COVID-19 symptoms, status, and control measures. That presentation is now available on the Merced County Facebook page and coronavirus webpage.
  • The Merced County Public Health Department Operations Center was opened Jan. 27, 2020 (45 days) in order to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in and around our community.



Disney has temporarily closed its California theme park — starting March 14 through the end of the month — because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Disneyland Resort hotels will remain open until March 16 so guests can make necessary travel accommodations.

It’s only the fourth time in history that Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., has fully suspended operations. The other instances were Sept. 11 attacks, the morning after JFK’s assassination and the Northridge earthquake.

It’s unclear if Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., will remain open.



The NCAA tournament for men’s and women’s basketball has been canceled, the NCAA announced Thursday, as concerns over the spread of coronavirus continued to rise across the country.

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