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Merced County reports nearly 200 new COVID-19 cases, one death Thursday

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The Merced County Department of Public Health reported one new COVID-19 related death and 195 new cases Thursday.

A total of 186 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Merced County since the start of the pandemic.

The latest death was a woman over 65 years old. It was unknown if she had underlying health conditions.

Merced County has now had 12,622 laboratory confirmed cases. New daily infections are now regularly tallying over the 100 case threshold in Merced County. The growing number of positive test results are climbing toward the record-setting days reported during the summer case spike, when new daily infections sometimes came to more than 200 and 300.

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California Counties Enact Tighter COVID-19 Restrictions

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As coronavirus cases surge in California, county officials enacted stricter COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, a day after the state broke a record with more than 7,400 coronavirus hospitalizations.

Health officials are preparing for a wave of virus cases over the next two or three weeks that could be linked to Thanksgiving gatherings. Authorities had urged residents to stay home and limit their interactions with others, but millions nationwide defied the advice.

California has had nearly 1.2 million confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with 19,121 virus-related deaths.

The state reported 7,415 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday, citing the most recently available data from the previous day. More than 1,700 of those patients are in intensive care units. The number of hospitalizations broke the state’s previous record of 7,170 in July.

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Stanislaus, Merced counties revert to most restrictive coronavirus tier

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Stanislaus and Merced counties were among those across California moved back to the state’s most restrictive tier of coronavirus guidelines Monday in response to climbing COVID-19 numbers.

The purple tier designation means that the virus is considered to be widespread.

While the counties are in purple status - the most restrictive of the four color-coded tiers in the state’s reopening guidelines - restaurants will no longer be able to offer indoor dining, churches and gyms can operate outdoors only and retailers must limit their capacity to 25 percent.

Schools which have reopened can continue to operate, in accordance with state guidelines.

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Dutch Bros. plans Ripon coffee spot

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Dutch Bros. could soon be coming to Ripon.

At Monday’s Planning Commission meeting, Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart mentioned that the privately-owned coffee chain based in Oregon is looking at the Save Mart shopping center to set up shop.

Dutch Bros.’ application is scheduled for review at the December meeting.

“(Dutch Brothers) would like to go on a small pad adjacent to the entrance of the Save Mart shopping center over by Domino’s Pizza,” said Zuidervaart.

He indicated that some of the plans such as the dual drive-thru service – capable of accommodating up to 17 cars – and possible traffic concerns in the area of West Colony Road and Brady Lane are still being ironed out.

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Election 2020: 3 Northern California races you might have missed

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CALIFORNIA, USA — Leads are building in contested races throughout San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County as more votes get tallied in the 2020 election.

One notable contest has been the Stockton mayoral race between Kevin Lincoln and Mayor Michael Tubbs. In the most recent update from San Joaquin County, Lincoln grew his lead against Tubbs, but the elections office said there are many ballots left to count.

Other big races included contests for Congressional Districts 9 and 10, the Associated Press called the races for incumbents Congressman Jerry McNerney and Congressman Josh Harder, respectively.

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How to check if your vote is counted in California

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With postal delays expected this election as California conducts more widespread mail-in voting than ever before, many voters are anxious about their ballots being received on time — and counted.

This year, California rolled out a new tool: WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov. It lets voters track their mail ballot from the point it’s sent to them until it’s been accepted and counted by their local elections office.

The site will also let you sign up for email, text or phone call updates on your ballot’s status.

If you haven’t yet mailed your ballot, should you take it directly to a polling location? Not necessarily. This year in California, mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day will still be counted as long as they are received by Nov. 20 — or 17 days after Election Day, compared to the usual three.

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New state coalition aims to make sure eventual COVID-19 vaccine is accessible to all

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MERCED, California (KGPE) — Scientists worldwide are working around the clock to create a COVID-19 vaccine. Locally, there’s work being done to make sure everyone has access to it when one is approved.

Right now, there are a number of human trials underway. While it’ll still be some time before we see a fully approved vaccine, health leaders around the country are already making sure they’re prepared for distribution.

In Fresno County, interim health officer Dr. Rais Vohra said the public health department is looking at how to store the vaccine — knowing it’ll need to be kept cold.

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Care home residents reunited thanks to new visiting lounge

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Encore Care Homes has announced the new “bespoke” rooms for Great Oaks in Bournemouth and Oakdale in Poole.

The rooms are partitioned with an airtight glass screen to ensure the safety of residents, relatives and care teams.

Opening in time for half-term, the rooms allow up to six people of any age to come and visit a relative safety and comfort.

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Pumpkins, Polio Information Featured At Area Fundraiser

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There were plenty of pumpkins to choose from on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Vella Farms in nearby Modesto, with the ongoing pumpkin patch there also hosting a visit by the Salida Rotary for World Polio Day.

The double duty event raised awareness of the Rotary Club’s work in polio eradication efforts and also gave youngsters the chance to paint pumpkins for the Halloween holiday. Visiting the pumpkin patch and finding the right one for painting and taking home was 8-year-old Jacob Platts of Riverbank, who was there with his mom, Kristin. She serves as president of the Riverbank Historical Society and said they were enjoying the chance to get out in the fresh air and support a good cause.

Proceeds of the day were earmarked for three charities: the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County, VIPS – Visually Impaired Persons Support, and the Salida Rotary.

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Local Highway Roadwork On Highways 4, 49, And 120

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Caltrans has work scheduled this week that will delay travel in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties. Caltrans has also been taking advantage of the climate, with District 10 Maintenance crews busy replacing snow poles and related equipment on State Route 108/Sonora Pass in Tuolumne County. Snow poles are set on the sides of the roadway and help motorists stay alert to the edge of the road during heavy snowfall.

Utility work on Highway 4 between Lashkoff Place and Lower Moran Road will limit traffic to one-way and create delays of ten minutes. The work is scheduled between 6 AM and 6 PM Monday through Friday.

On Highway 4 from the Stanislaus/Calaveras County Line to Eastbound Highway 49 in Angels Camp there will be a moving closure of one of the two lanes for road striping. The work is scheduled Monday through Thursday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. About seven miles further down Highway 4 there will be a paving operation on the left shoulder from Anrey Court to Pennsylvania Gulch. The paving is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday from 7AM to 5 PM.

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