IMPERIAL COUNTY — Imperial County Public Health Director Janette Angulo addressed the Board of Supervisors with her regular weekly COVID-19 update Tuesday, April 6, where she announced Imperial County’s green light to move to the Orange Tier beginning Wednesday, April 7.
After moving to the Red Tier, Angulo said the County met the appropriate metrics to move to Orange Tier for one week but saw a spike in COVID cases during the second week — the State’s Blueprint requires a county to meet metrics of the next tier for two consecutive weeks before being allowed to move into that tier.
However, because California met it’s goal of 4 million residents vaccinated on April 6, the metrics were adjusted, allowing Imperial County to move to Orange Tier. According to Angulo, the reason for the State’s adjustment of the metric requirements is that it believes as more people become vaccinated, the metrics do not need to be as strict due to lessened risks of transmission.
More than 33 percent of California residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (over 19 million doses administered). Locally, nearly 71,000 doses of first and second doses combined have been administered.
Angulo said 91 clinics have been conducted in Imperial County, including drive-thru clinics, mass clinics, and curbside clinics. As of April 5, ICPHD has secured a fixed clinic site where they can vaccinate up to 400 people per day. The fixed site is located at the Social Services training center on 4th Street in El Centro.
The ICPHD is continuing it’s work on the road. Next week, clinics will be held at a church in Seeley and the Imperial Valley Desert Museum in Ocotillo as they have not yet visited those areas.
ICPHD has received more than 89,000 COVID vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Angulo said of the 89,000 the department has received, about 71,100 doses have been administered to Imperial County residents.
Beginning April 15, the County will expand the vaccination tier to include every Californian 16 years of age and older. Vaccinations for all of Phase 1A, 1B, individuals 16 or older at higher risk, and individuals 50 or older are ongoing.
“The fact that the number of COVID-19 vaccines available and being administered throughout California is increasing is exceptionally good news,” said Imperial County Health Officer Dr. Stephen Munday. “Getting the vaccine and continuing to follow safety precautions is our quickest path forward. I’m extremely proud of those in our community who have chosen to get the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage those who have not yet gotten it to enroll to receive it as soon as it becomes available.”
The following is an abbreviated list of services and activities allowed under the Orange Tier. For a full list of activities and required modifications, please see the Blueprint for a Safety Economy Activity and Business Tiers table.
- Bars (where no meal is served): Open outdoors with modifications.
- Family entertainment centers: Open indoors with modifications. Max capacity 25 percent or 50 percent if guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
- Fitness centers and gyms: Open indoors with 25 percent max occupancy; indoor pools open at 25 percent occupancy.
- Movie theaters: Open indoors with 50 percent max occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
- Offices: Open indoors with modifications though telework is still encouraged.
- Places of worship: Open indoors with 50 percent max occupancy.
- Retail (including standalone grocers): Open indoors at full capacity with modifications.
- Restaurants: Open indoors with 50 percent max occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
- Shopping centers (including swap meets and indoor malls): Open indoors at full capacity with modifications; common areas must remain closed and food courts are at reduced capacity.
- Outdoor live events with assigned seating: In-state visitors only. Max 33 percent capacity or 67 percent if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
- Effective April 15: Indoor Seated Live Events and Performances: In-State visitors only. Modification and capacity limits based on venue size apply.
- Effective April 15: Private Events: Outdoor - Max 100 people or 300 if guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.