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.

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.


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