Virus notes: March 28, 2020

MERCED (BLJ) – Merced County Department of Public Health reports that there have been 61 tests for novel conronavirus and seven deaths in the county.

Clearly, with a population of 257,000, Merced County, like most of the nation, is flying blind into the teeth of this virus storm in the middle of the night without either radar or communications with the ground.

Virus notes: March 26, 2020

MERCED (BLJ) -- The Merced Department of Public Health announced Thursday that there were now four confirmed cases of coronavirus, and added that all the cases “were acquired outside of Merced County.”

How they can be certain of that was not explained?

The county promised to "assess risks of exposure and contact any affected individuals.”

And after a chat, send them down to Costco for some toilet paper?

Three of the four were under 40, the health department said.

Virus notes: March 24, 2020


MERCED (BLJ) --Yesterday, a Sacramento physician told A BLJ editor that starting today, a large Sacramento hospital will cease to provide masks for its surgeons and has stopped doing any elective surgery. UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento continues to do elective surgery. According to news reports from March 20.

Virus notes: COVID-19-count update, March 23, 2020



From Redding Record-Searchlight

Know the numbers: COVID-19 cases in California

As of 2 p.m. Sunday, 1,733 people in California tested positive for COVID-19, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Here's how California's 1,733 cases broke down by age range:

Age 0-17: 25 cases

Age 18-49: 837 cases

Age 50-64: 442 cases

Age 65 and over: 415 cases

nknown: 14 cases


U.S., worldwide: COVID-19 cases in U.S. pass 40k mark

Virus notes (2): March 22, 2020: Wells Fargo closes Merced branches

MERCED (BLJ) -- Friends reported Sunday evening that they had been unable to deposit a check that day in the downtown Merced Wells Fargo branch. We investigated and verified that it is no longer possible to make a deposit at that branch or at the branch in the Raley’s shopping center on Yosemite Ave. and G Street.

Virus notes: March 22, 2020


MERCED (BLJ) – Virus as trigger for The Revolution.

It is bad enough that the Right is waging a revolution against reason; now the Left seems to feel the only rational thing to do with a pandemic is use it as an excuse for a revolution. To move this thinking across the line to absurdity, this revolution is to be accomplished by organizers – organizers trained in the tactics of polarization – all across the nation.

Virus notres: March 21, 2020

UC Merced announced this week that two students  showed COVID-19 symptoms and are in self-quarantine while awaiting test results.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Merced County as of Wednesday, March 18. -- Lauten-Scrivner, Merced Sun-Star, March 20, 2020

Alarums and excursions, March 20, 2020

MERCED (BLJ) -- A woman parks her car in front of a laundromat, opens a backdoor, takes out a basket of dirty laundry just as friend exits the laundromat with a basket of clean laundry.

"The Chinese Disease," the in-going woman says cheerfully. "Drag ass."

Their predicament strikes them as funny and they both laugh too loudly.

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