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Merced County reports 9th and 10th deaths related to COVID-19

Total confirmed cases reach 741 of which 366 are active, 365 have recovered

(Merced County Public Health Department data)

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


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.


• A total of 12,025 tests have been performed in Merced County: 11,122 negatives, 710 positives, and 193 still pending. These figures include testing through both the commercial and public health lab systems.


  • 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.


• 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.



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