IMPERIAL COUNTY — Imperial County Health Officer Stephen Munday issued blanket orders requiring persons testing positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results to isolate at home.
According to the release, the order also applies to individuals required to quarantine for being in close contact with someone testing positive. Close contacts are individuals living or have stayed in the same home, intimate sexual partners, or those who have provided care without wearing a mask, gown, or gloves.
According to the orders, isolation is the separation of persons infected with COVID-19 from other persons. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of persons who, while not yet infected with COVID-19, have been exposed to COVID-19 and therefore may become infectious.
Individuals testing positive will be provided instructions from their healthcare provider regarding isolation and given guidance to share with close contacts who must quarantine.
The release said the Imperial County Public Health Department individually hand delivered COVID-19 related quarantine and isolation orders.
“This mass order provides the necessary guidance for keeping those sick with COVID-19 separated from others and for preventing those exposed to the illness from spreading it,” said Dr. Munday.
“People with no or mild symptoms may have COVID-19 and not know it.”
According to the release, health care providers and labs conducting COVID-19 testing are required to report positive results to the agency monitoring the individuals for symptoms and compliance with the blanket orders.
The full text of the order is available on the Imperial County Public Health Department website.