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Two more deaths linked to COVID-19 in Merced County as case count hits 200

Six people have died in region since start of crises; 67 active cases


(Merced County Health Dept. release)

As of 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2020, there are 200 confirmed cases (67 active) of COVID-19
(novel coronavirus) in Merced County. Of that number, 127 have recovered and six have

The Merced County Department of Public Health reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 today.

One was a female over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions, and the other was a female between the ages of 50 and 65 with no underlying health conditions.

A total of 4,145 tests have been performed in Merced County: 3,891 negatives, 200 positives,
and 54 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


In California, there are 74,931 confirmed cases and 3,060 deaths.



  • 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.
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