February 16, 2021


Please Note: This is an evolving situation. More information will be distributed as it becomes available. For the most up to date information, please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Additional information is available at www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirus. These status reports are released daily on normal business days. Statistics will continue to be updated on weekdays at www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirusstats

• As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2021, there are 28,201 confirmed cases (+500 from Thursday) of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Merced County. Approximately 1,400 of those cases are active, and 382 have died.
• Current Risk Tier: Purple (Widespread). Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

• Tiers are determined by the California Department of Public Health based on test positivity and adjusted case rate. Counties can move into more or less restrictive tiers based on these factors. Weekly tiers are updated on Tuesdays. More information: www.covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/  

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• View this interactive dashboard online at:

• Desktop: English: http://dashboard-desktop.reopenmercedcounty.com Spanish: http://dashboard-desktop-spanish.reopenmercedcounty.com

• Mobile: English: http://dashboard-mobile.reopenmercedcounty.com Spanish: http://dashboard-mobile-spanish.reopenmercedcounty.com

• 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 3,412,057 confirmed cases and 47,107 deaths.  

RECENT ACTIVITIES: • Merced County Public Health continues to coordinate with federal, state and local partners to further prepare us for future impacts. This includes working with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor COVID-19.

• Vaccination Information/Notifications: www.vaccinatemercedcounty.com • Today, the Merced County Department of Public Health confirmed seven additional deaths related to COVID-19: 

• Gender:
• Female: 0
• Male: 7
• Age:
• 18-34: 0
• 35-49: 0
• 50-64: 2
• 65+: 5
• Underlying Health Conditions:
• Yes: 3
• No: 0
• Unknown: 4 

• Please note: The State is in the process of launching a new vaccine-scheduling platform known as “My Turn.” That platform is not yet available in Merced County and more information will be provided once it’s made available in coming weeks. Those who have already received their first dose of the vaccine with the Merced County Department of Public Health will be notified by a third-party agency called HR Support to schedule their second dose in order to complete the vaccination series and become fully vaccinated.

• In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by preventing large group gatherings, the County’s regional parks (Lake Yosemite, Hagaman Park and Henderson Park) will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. The parks will remain open on weekdays, but physical distancing must be adhered to and large group gatherings will continue to be prohibited.

• 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.

• The Merced County Public Health Department Operations Center was opened Jan. 27, 2020 (387 days) in order to prepare for COVID-19 in and around our community. The Merced County Emergency Operations Center are also currently active.  

• Testing Sites: • Golden Valley Health Centers
• 645 7th St, Los Banos
• 1-866-682-4842 • www.gvhc.org

• Golden Valley Health Centers
• 857 W. Childs Ave., Merced
• 1-866-682-4842 • www.gvhc.org

• State Site: OptumServe—Merced
• 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Merced
• 1-888-634-1123 • www.lhi.care/covidtesting

• CVS — Merced • 1970 Yosemite Pkwy, Merced
• https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?

• CVS — Atwater
• 1651 Bellevue Rd, Atwater
• https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?

• CVS — Livingston
• 474 Winton Parkway, Livingston
• 209-394-6785 • https://bit.ly/3e9kaS4
• Fountain View Urgent Care • 374 W. Olive Ave. # A, Merced
• 209-384-5766

• Castle Family Health Urgent Care
• 3605 Hospital Rd, Atwater
• 209-381-2000
• San Joaquin Drug
• 9215 E, CA-140, Planada
• 209-382-1291

• State Site: OptumServe—Los Banos
• Los Banos Fairgrounds: 403 F St., Los Banos
• 1-888-634-1123 • www.lhi.care/covidtesting

• Within the public health system, every person who has met CDC criteria for severe disease within Merced County has been tested.
• Public Health is actively identifying other methods to enhance testing capability for providers throughout the community and increase testing county-wide. We will continue to be notified should positive tests come through either system (public health or commercial).

• Coronavirus symptoms include: mild to severe respiratory illness, fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. If symptoms develop, individuals should stay at home to limit exposure to others.
• Persons who have recently traveled to China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, or Italy, or who have had contact with a person with possible COVID-19 infection and have the above symptoms should call their local health department or health care provider immediately. • Do not go to your provider’s office without calling ahead. Do not call 911 for suspected COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency.
• During the flu season, there are steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms such as fever and cough.
• Cover sneezes or coughs with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Wear a face covering when in public.

• Sign up for COVID-19 alerts from Merced County by visiting www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirus
• Merced County Public Health COVID-19 Information
• www.countyofmerced.com/coronavirus
• Merced County Public Health Information Line:
• 209-381-1180 (English, Spanish, and Hmong. Live reps. available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m).
• Email COVID-19-specific questions to Merced County Public Health:
• COVID19@countyofmerced.com.
• Updated CDC Information:
• https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/whats-new-all.html
• CDC Resources for Households:
• https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html
• How to talk to your kids about the coronavirus:
• https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus
• Guidance for Businesses and Employers:
• https://bit.ly/2IH2G2u
• www.covid19.ca.gov
• Report Price Gouging:
• http://www.countyofmerced.com/3381/Price-Gouging
• Report Consumer Fraud:
• www.countyofmerced.com/2322/Consumer-Fraud
• Report business activities and large group gatherings that violate the Stay Safe to Stay

Open Health Order:
• Information Line: 209-381-1180 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday)
• Email: COVID19@countyofmerced.com
• Free Virtual Care options through Dignity Health for those with COVID-19 symptoms:
• Patients can receive a free Virtual Care Anywhere visit if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms can include low-grade fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

• To access a free virtual urgent care visit, visit www.dignityhealth.org/virtualcareanywhere, download the Virtual Care Anywhere app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or call 855-356-8053 and use the coupon code COVID19.

• Get Help/Give Help:
• www.gethelpgivehelpmerced.com
• Donations—help community members impacted by COVID-19:
• www.countyofmerced.com/donations

• Exclusive Shopping for Vulnerable Populations:
• www.countyofmerced.com/3396/Exclusive-Shopping-for-Vulnerable-Populations:

• Apply for benefits: Individuals experiencing financial hardship may quality for cash assistance through CalWORKs, food nutrition assistance through CalFresh, and medical assistance through MediCal.:
• www.getcalfresh.org (CalFresh only)
• www.C4yourself.com (CalWORKs and MediCal)
• 1-855-421-6770
• Unemployment Insurance questions to local Merced County EDD Office:
• WSBModestoFieldOffice@edd.ca.gov
• Information regarding tenant protections:
• www.countyofmerced.com/3412/Real-Estate
• 24/7 Warm Line for Youth (emotional support):
• 209-381-6800 or 1-888-334-0163 (toll free)
• Additional Behavioral Health resources:
• Reopen Merced County:
• www.reopenmercedcounty.com

 For the most up to date information, please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

We urge everyone to stay calm and follow all guidelines handed down through the state and local levels.

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The Central Valley Voice is a valley newspaper that gives African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities an additional viewpoint on issues and events, in addition to presenting a positive image of the community we value. We serve several functions, but reporting the news of minorities (African-Americans and Hispanics) is the general overall function. Some of which include the following: Recognition to Community Workers and Leaders. Serve as a Unifying Force for the African-American and Hispanic Community.