COVID-19 Update

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COVID-19 Testing at the Los Banos Fairgrounds

Beginning Monday, July 21st, a mobile testing facility will be at the Los Banos Fairgrounds from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday. To make an appointment, visit

Due to the increased levels of transmission and hospitalizations, and at the direction of the Governor, Merced County Health Officials are mandating the closure of higher risk business sectors. All bars, brew pubs and breweries must cease operations (indoor and outdoor). In addition, the following business sectors must close all indoor operations:

  • Restaurants (socially-distanced outdoor dining still permissible as well as take-out)
  • Place of Worship & Cultural Ceremonies
  • Indoor Protests
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g., bowling, movie theaters, etc.)
  • Zoos and Museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Personal Care Services
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Malls

The ability of Merced County to reopen these sectors and prevent closure of other sectors is dependent on collective community action to reduce the spread.

We cannot emphasize enough that if the community fails to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously, the State will not allow these sectors to reopen, and may close additional sectors. As a reminder, it is a statewide mandate to wear a cloth face covering inside of, or in line to enter any indoor public space, or when unable to maintain six feet of social distance outside. Merced County Health Officials strongly recommends all residents (including business sectors) to practice the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a cloth face covering or face shield;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles & elevator buttons;
  • Practice Social Distancing;
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds;
  • When handwashing is not possible, use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol base, and;
  • If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms (review SYMPTOMS) stay home and self-monitor.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Department’s resource website at

If I can be of service, you are having an issue, or need assistance, please call me at (209)385-7366, or send me an email at