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Newsom Bans Indoor Dining at Restaurants, Closes Bars Again in 19 Counties

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered indoor dining and bar services closed in 19 California counties including Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Merced. The action, announced Wednesday, is part of a rollback of the governor’s phased reopening plan and comes amid a troubling spike over the past two weeks in new COVID-19 cases.In addition to restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, ...

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SNF Outlines Fire Restrictions for July 4th Holiday

MOUNTAIN AREA — Sierra National Forest officials are reminding visitors to the National Forest that campfire restrictions are in effect and will continue through the July 4th weekend — “and beyond.” “Outside of open developed recreation sites and certain permitted facilities, igniting, building, maintaining or using a fire on the SNF and national forests in California will be prohibited,” stated ...

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MCDPH Reports 31 New Cases Tuesday; Total Jumps to 519

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the total number of cases countywide to 519. As of 4 p.m., MCDPH was reporting a total of 210 active cases — and 304 recoveries. Twelve of the active cases are serious enough to require hospitalization.Health officials also are currently “monitoring” ...

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COVID, Census Take Center Stage at ‘Special Meeting’

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors held a brief, 30-minute “special meeting” Tuesday, tying up some loose ends on the last day of the County’s fiscal year.The board’s main orders of business involved approving an annual $100 road maintenance levy on Bass Lake property owners and authorizing a letter to state lawmakers opposing SB 474, which seeks to ...

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MCAS Offering ‘Fourth of July’ $15 Microchipping Special

MOUNTAIN AREA — More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year, according to Humane Society of the U.S. To help mitigate the surge in lost animals during the Independence Day holiday this weekend, the Madera County Animal Shelter (MCAS) is running a special on microchips to help keep pets safer — easier to reunite ...

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Surge Continues: MCDPH Reports 73 New Cases; Total Jumps to 488

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the total number of cases countywide to 488. Monday’s update represents new cases confirmed Saturday, Sunday and today.The surge in new cases at the start of a new week follows Madera County’s worst week since the pandemic began — and appears to ...

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Governor Orders Bars to Close Again in Fresno, Tulare, Kings Counties

SACRAMENTO — Shortly after noon on Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced via Twitter that he was ordering the closure of all bars in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties immediately because of surging COVID-19 cases. The neighboring Valley counties — as well as five other So. Cal counties — have seen more than 2,000 total cases, including the surge in new ...

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North Fork Man Charged with Hit-and-Run After Fatal Collision Saturday

Editor’s Note: This story was updated after the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the victim. FRIANT — A 25-year-old Madera County man was arrested on felony hit-and-run charges following a fatal traffic accident that happened Saturday afternoon on Friant Road in Fresno County.“At approximately 4:05 p.m. Saturday, a vehicle driven by an adult male was traveling northbound ...

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Madera Supervisors to Hold ‘Special Meeting’ This Week

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors will hold a relatively rare “special meeting” this week (June 30) to deal with several issues requiring the board’s immediate attention.First on the agenda for Tuesday’s 9 a.m. session: Sitting as the board of directors for Pines Tract Special Assessment District 89-1 in Bass Lake, supervisors will hold a hearing to approve ...

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Worst Week Yet: Madera County Confirms 32 New Cases Friday

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the total number of cases countywide to 415. Friday’s latest cases represented the highest single-day total for Madera County since the pandemic began. The past week was also the single-worst week for new cases, with the county adding 100 new entries to ...

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