The latest trends
Today, the county tallied 360 new cases and 1 deaths.
Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.
So far, 1 out of every 8 people in the county has tested positive. Over the past week, the county has averaged 51 new cases and 0.1 new deaths per day. An estimated 30,000 out of the 33,321 people who tested positive have recovered, according to a common statistical method applied by The Times. While the precise number of active cases is unknown, the Times’ model pegs the number at around 700.
State and local officials are closely watching the latest figures as they weigh when and how to reopen. Over the last seven days, officials have reported 360 new cases, which amounts to 134 per 100,000 residents.
So far, 44.2% of Merced County residents have received at least one dose and 33.5% are fully vaccinated.
To date, 202,291 vaccines have been administered. Over the last seven days, an average of 314 doses per day have been given out.
State data show roughly 74% of the county’s seniors have received at least a single shot, or 26,547 people.
Hospitals and patients
There are now 21 patients admitted to county hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, a change of 250% from two weeks ago. Of those, 3 are in an intensive care unit. More information about the strain placed on local hospitals can be found on The Times’s hospital tracker.