Positive cases in Imperial Valley increase to 6

IMPERIAL COUNTY — The Imperial County Public Health Department announced Friday evening two additional residents tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the release, the two individuals are a couple that were exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case while traveling outside of the United States.  The individuals were not hospitalized and are home in isolation. No additional information will be shared due to confidentiality reasons. This brings the total number of positive cases for COVID-19 in Imperial County to six. 

County Health Officer Dr. Stephen Munday said, "Public health staff is working around the clock with our healthcare providers to make sure those who meet the criteria for testing are able to access the test. As we conduct more testing, we expect to find additional positive cases in our community. I cannot stress enough the importance of following the governor’s orders to stay home and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others."

Brawley Elementary School District Superintendent, Dr. Rich Rundhaug announced via social media that a family member of a BESD employee assigned to Witter Elementary School was diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus.

"Our employee reports they do not have symptoms. We want to let the families of Brawley Elementary School District know about this so they can be vigilant in checking for possible symptoms," Rundhaug said.

For those needing public transportation, the Imperial Valley Transit (IVT) and associated services have implemented an enhanced cleaning regimen on all  buses, according to its website. 

All IVT vehicles are cleaned daily, with additional deep cleanings using bleach to disinfect, and other solutions recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Disinfectant is used to wipe down exposed surfaces nightly to help eliminate germs. and disinfectant is used on buses throughout the day when opportunities arise. The website said maintenance teams sweep, dust and spot mop nightly.

Human coronaviruses most commonly are spread from an infected person to others through coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, or touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands, according to the Imperial County Public Health Department.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, according to the ICPHD. The COVID-19 Hotline for the Imperial Valley is 442-265-6700 from Monday throught Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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