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.

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Imperial county is 7th in positive cases in California. We are 30th in population. We have the highest % of positives for people tested. We have the highest hospitalizations per 100,000 residents and now it seems like no contact.


From what I read in the above it is the patients or parients family responsibility to follow through with contact tracking? What happened to the states requirement for the counties to increase contract tracing? I keep hearing our increase is coming from US citizens that live in Mexcico. How does the county know where the outbreaks are if they aren't doing the contact tracking? Our board of supervisors decided to move forward in stages of opening before meeting the metrics set by the state. Within a week of moving forward our positive cases almost doubled. Don't forget they made this decision the same week our hospitals were transferring patients to both Riverside and San Diego counties. What made them think this was a good plan to protect our community. Now they send a letter to Governor asking for control of any future reopening decisions. Good job guys. You have just negated 3 months of stay at home orders and could cause the state to come in and shut us completely down again. I hope you are all voted out in the next election for incompetence.

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