Health Officials Confirm First Death Related to COVID-19 in Merced County
APRIL 5, 2020

MERCED COUNTY, CA – The Merced County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) confirmed the first death of a Merced County resident with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The resident was a male under the age of 65 with underlying health conditions. Due to confidentiality laws, additional identifying information cannot be released.

“The age of this individual highlights the fact that everyone is vulnerable to this disease,” said Public Health Director Dr. Rebecca Nanyonjo-Kemp.  More...

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Gov. Newsom relaxes state’s health care privacy and security laws to facilitate telehealth
Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday issued an  executive order  that relaxes certain state privacy and security laws for health care providers, so they can provide telehealth services without the risk of being penalized. This action is similar to the waiver issued on  March 17, 2020 , by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding federal privacy and security laws. More...
CMS releases new video that provides overview of Medicare telehealth flexibilities
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CMA praises Blue Shield of CA's efforts to ensure patients have access to care amid COVID-19 crisis
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Health Net telehealth grant proposals due tomorrow at 12 p.m
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All CMA COVID-19 webinars to date are available on demand
The California Medical Association (CMA) has been hosting a series of free webinars to guide physicians through some of the most pressing COVID-19 issues. For those who were unable to join live, they are being archived and made available for on-demand viewing at

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions
UPDATED 4/4/2020
CMA has developed a great FAQ on COVID-19. It is updated frequently, so keep checking back. It answers questions by topic and topics include:

  • Personnel
  • Financial
  • Telehealth
  • Testing
  • Prescribing
  • Miscellaneous

Latest COVID-19 Facts
Positive Tests - 29
Deaths - 1

Mariposa County ( Mariposa County Public Health)
Positive Tests -0
Deaths - 0

Confirmed Cases - 14,336
Deaths - 343

Confirmed Cases - 330,891
Deaths - 8,910

Confirmed Cases - 1,214,466
Deaths - 67,767

All of these numbers were pulled from the respective websites 4/6/20, 4:30PM.