IMPERIAL COUNTY — The Imperial County Health Officer issued an Amended Health Officer Order which reflects the Limited Stay at Home order recently issued by State of California health officials, according to a press release. The Limited Stay at Home Order requires that non-essential work, travel, and gatherings stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier, including Imperial County. The amended health officer order is available on the Imperial County Public Health Department website.
Imperial County, in recent weeks, has begun to experience sharp increases in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. In the last month, the positivity rate has more than doubled. As of November 20, the positivity rate is 23.82 percent as compared to 10.51 percent this time last month. The County is currently on track to meet or exceed the highest daily case rates seen throughout the current pandemic.
“The current situation in Imperial County and across the State is very concerning,” said Imperial County Health Officer Dr. Stephen Munday. “We have to take all necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I can’t stress this enough as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. The actions that everyone takes during this time can literally mean the difference between life and death for our families, friends, and neighbors.”
To help residents celebrate Thanksgiving safely, the Imperial County Public Health Department offers the following guidance:
- The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is at home with immediate household members.
- Avoid large gatherings and crowded places.
- Skip the stores and take advantage of online shopping.
- If you choose to get together, gather outdoors, and keep it small (no more than three different households and no more than 16 guests).
- Avoid potlucks, buffets, and other shared food.
- If you do dine together, handle food preparation and serving safely and designate a food handler.
- Practice frequent handwashing, keep 6 ft. apart, and wear a face-covering.