IMPERIAL COUNTY – According to metrics released by the State of California Tuesday, March 20, Imperial County has not met the requirements necessary to advance to the Orange Tier of the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. As a result, the County must remain in the Red Tier for at least two additional weeks, according to a recent County press release. In order to move to Orange, counties must, for two consecutive weeks, maintain a positivity rate of 2 to 4.9 percent, a health equity positivity less than 5.2 percent, and an adjusted case rate of no greater than 3.9 cases per 100,000 residents, per day. Imperial County successfully met the requirements last week but fell short this week due to an adjusted case rate of 5.4 cases per 100,000. Metrics are based on a 7-day average with a 7-day lag, per the release.
“This is a reminder that although we have seen significant improvement, COVID-19 continues to circulate and positive cases are still occurring,” said Dr. Stephen Munday in the release, Imperial County Health Officer. “We can’t let our guard down. We must continue to take the steps necessary to reduce the spread of the virus, particularly as spring break and Easter approach. The last thing we want to have happen is the spike that we experienced during last year’s holiday season.”
Imperial County residents are urged to continue to follow COVID-19 safety precautions including wearing face coverings, staying at home when sick, practicing appropriate distancing, avoiding gatherings, except as permitted, and getting fully vaccinated when vaccine becomes available.
To check eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccines and to register for available COVID-19 vaccine clinics, residents are encouraged to enroll in the State’s My Turn system at https://myturn.ca.gov.