Virus notes: April 6, 2020

MERCED (BLJ) – The numbers in Merced County remained the same today, 29 confirmed cases, one death, three recovered.

In California, confirmed cases grew to 6,342, 385 deaths, 307 recoveries.

In the United States, the number of confirmed cases grew to 369,629, deaths 10,941, recoveries, 19,810.

Globally, confirmed cases are 1,347,343, deaths, 74,769, and recoveries 284,882.


Virus notes: April 4-5, 2020

The Merced County Public Health Department reports that as of Friday, April 3, there were 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Merced County, three patients have recovered, and there are as yet no deaths from the virus in the county. The figures are broken down according to several categories that must make sense to Dr. Scarf in the White House, in constant search for granularity, but make no difference to members of the Merced County public, particularly those in high risk groups.


Virus notes: April 3, 2020

MERCED (BLJ) – As the lady doctor with the fabulous collection of chic silk scarves who appears with Trump daily to scold us on our failure to behave hygienically says, “Granularity” and “The Curve” are the watchwords of the day. Who knows what she means? It doesn’t matter. Her voice and manner must be reassuring to somebody. We just don’t know who. In other words, she must be there for some reason.

Or not. In the first place, causality is a very vague concept in the Trump administration. Secondly, the only cause of importance now is the course of the virus.

Virus notes; April1, 2020

MERCED (BLJ) -- A positive note. Merced County Public Health Department told the Merced Sun-Star that it has opened two mobile specimen-collection sites. The specific location of the nearest site is provided "once patients secure the appointment" by being referred by a physician.  At the moment the sites are only open four hours a day, and apparently they were open for some period last week, but no results are reported yet. However, the director of the department, Dr.

Let the Great Absurd One blow: no censureship

An excellent argument for encouraging the media to go on doing what it does even though the present president doesn't have a clue what to do and if he did he'd do the opposite anyway because of his spiteful nature. -- blj



Chicago Tribune (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

The media shouldn’t muzzle Trump — no matter his lies and ineptitude

By Dahleen Glanton

Virus notes: March 30-31, 2020

MERCED (B LJ) -- The Merced County Public  Health Department reports that as of March 30, there are 10 cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in the county. One patient was infected due to “community spread;” the others were due to traveling elsewhere, the department press release said. But, on March 31 in a telephone town-hall meeting set up by Rep. Jim Costa, the Merced County Director of Public Health waffled on the other nine cases, saying they really didn't know how they contacted the virus. But what angered me as the pandemic swells around us, was this:

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.


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