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Updated Guidance: FDA Addresses Face Masks, Blood Products

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The FDA is working to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and keep families informed on the latest developments. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions from consumers about blood products and face masks: Q: What steps are being taken to protect the U.S. blood supply from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? A: Blood donors ...

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Finance Director: Pandemic ‘Impacting’ County’s Budget

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors heard some sobering statistics this week about how COVID-19 is impacting County coffers. Joel Bugay, the County’s finance director, told supervisors at their Tuesday meeting that the pandemic will have “both short- and long-term financial impacts” for Madera County. “Revenue we had counted on potentially will not materialize,” Bugay said. At Tuesday’s ...

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County Officials: No New Local COVID-19 Cases Since Saturday

MADERA — County health officials are currently monitoring 80 individuals locally for signs of the coronavirus. But for the past three days, the total number of confirmed cases countywide has remained at 30. Statewide as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, there were 17,620 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the death toll now standing at 450. On Tuesday, county health officials again reported ...

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COVID-19 Update: No New Local Cases in Madera County Since Saturday

MADERA — County health officials are currently monitoring 80 individuals locally for signs of the coronavirus. But for the past several days, the total number of confirmed cases countywide has remained at 30. Again on Tuesday afternoon, county health officials reported “no new local cases” of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. Tuesday’s report makes three days in a row ...

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MCSO Detective Recovering; Shooting Suspect ID’d, ‘Critical’

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputy injured in Thursday’s shooting in Oakhurst has been identified as Neil Cuthbert, a veteran of the department who works as a detective out of the Oakhurst substation. According to MCSO officials, Cuthbert has been released from the hospital and is “at home recovering after sustaining serious facial and head injuries.” Investigators now ...

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Detective Injured in Oakhurst Shooting Out of Hospital

OAKHURST — A Madera County Sheriff’s Office detective has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home after being injured in a “deputy-involved shooting” Thursday afternoon in Oakhurst. The incident, which shut down a large section of downtown Oakhurst, occurred just after 10 a.m. Thursday morning near the intersection of Highway 41 and Road 426. MCSO Undersheriff ...

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Supervisors Cancel Next Week’s Meeting; Table TOT-Hike Discussion

MADERA — Madera County’s Board of Supervisors held their regular meeting Tuesday — but the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic made the session anything but usual. The public portion of Tuesday’s meeting was somewhat abbreviated and relatively somber in tone given the nature of the COVID-19 crisis. The first decision supervisors approved was a motion to cancel next week’s regular meeting ...

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Lee Murder Suspect Ruled Competent to Stand Trial

MADERA — The North Fork man charged with murder in the July 2019 shooting death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee has been found competent to stand trial. Criminal proceedings were temporarily suspended earlier this year (Jan. 17) for Robert Eugene Moye, 47, after his court-appointed attorney questioned his client’s mental health. “At this point, I have concerns about ...

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County Responds to Report of Misconduct at Social Services

MADERA — Madera County officials have issued a statement regarding a report that surfaced earlier this week that a former Department of Social Services employee intentionally discarded more than 350 reports of potential child abuse taken in 2019. In a number of those cases, a follow up investigation was mandated by law given the alleged severity of the reported sexual ...

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Supervisors Postpone Debate of Ballot Measure to Hike TOT

MADERA — At their regular meeting today (March 10), the Madera County Board of Supervisors postponed a discussion about a potential ballot measure to hike the County’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) rate. Supervisors have been considering asking voters to approve the TOT hike as a means to fund stepped up wildfire prevention efforts within eastern Madera County. But at Tuesday’s ...

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