Merced County is using the California Department of Public Health’s definition of an outbreak, which includes:
- 3 or more individuals with no linkage outside of the workplace, working in the same facility and shift; or
- 1 resident of a skilled nursing facility.
When a facility is determined to be in an outbreak protocol, the Merced County Department of Public Health works closely with the facility to mitigate the spread of disease. Affected close contacts are contacted by the facility/employer.