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New COVID-19 related death reported as confirmed cases surpass 500 mark in Merced County

Resident was a male, 35-50, with no underlying health conditions.

Today, Wednesday, July 17, the Merced County Department of Public Health confirmed the eighth death related to


The Merced County resident was a male between the ages of 35 and 50 and did

not have underlying health conditions.

No further information related to the case was immediately available Wednesday night.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, there have been 509 confirmed cases of

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Merced County since reporting began earlier this year.

Of that number, 182 cases are considered “active,” and  319 have recovered and

eight have died.


• On Monday, Public Health reported that eight employees at the Hughson Nut Company in

Livingston tested positive for COVID-19. Hughson Nut Company is working together with

Public Health officials to investigate the outbreak. The affected portion of the plant has been

closed and is being disinfected. Employees with close contact to the individuals that have

tested positive have been ordered to quarantine at home, and all employees have been

advised to test for COVID-19. If you visited the Hughson Nut Company between the dates of

May 18 and June 12 and are experiencing symptoms that you feel might be due to infection

from COVID-19 (shortness of breath, fever, and cough), please call your medical provider.

• A total of 9,437 tests have been performed in Merced County: 8,830 negatives, 509 positives,

and 98 still pending. These figures include testing through both the commercial and public

health lab systems.


  1. *Total confirmed cases include total recovered and total deaths.
  2. **Recovered defined as symptom free with no medication for 72 hours.
  3. ***Healthcare exposure includes exposure in and out of jurisdiction.
  4. East Merced County includes: Atwater, Ballico, Bear Creek, Calpack, Cressey, Delhi, El Nido, Hilmar, Irwin, Le Grand, Livingston, Merced, Planada, Snelling, Stevinson, Tuttle, and Winton
  5. West Merced County includes: Dos Palos, Gustine, Los Banos, Santa Nella, and Volta

  • 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 157,015 confirmed cases and 5,208 deaths.
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