General Information

The Merced County Department of Public Health is closely following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health on the novel (new) nCoV virus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease.

Do not go to your provider’s office without calling ahead. Do not call 911 for suspected COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency.

Take the CDC Self-Screening Evaluation


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Severe Illness

At-Risk Groups

  • Older Adults
  • Individuals with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems

How is Coronavirus Spread

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

Novel coronavirus is new, and we are continuing to learn about spreading  patterns and incubation periods


There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the 2019-nCoV infection. People with symptoms should contact their providers.

Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended in the United States to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioTech (2 dose), Moderna (2 dose) and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (1 dose).

Key Points

  • Novel Coronavirus is a new virus that hasn’t been identified before in humans.
  • Coronavirus can spread through close personal contact, or by touching an object of surface with the virus on it.
  • Use prevention measures that work to prevent other respiratory infections to prevent novel Coronavirus.
  • The Merced County Department of Public Health is taking steps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Merced County.
  • Merced County Public Health encourages those that are eligible to get vaccinated to visit or call (833) 422-4255.

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Visit: CDC Coronavirus Information

Additional Information on Coronavirus

Interim Guidance for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Guidance for Healthcare Professionals

Guidance for Laboratories

Guidance for Adult, Senior, and Community Care Facilities