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EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Public Health Officer Dr. Stephen Munday updated the Imperial County Board of Supervisors at the regular meeting Tuesday, June 23, regarding COVID-19 concerning the State and Imperial County.

According to Munday, Imperial County’s test positivity rate is about 17.47 percent — state metrics mandate an 8 percent positive rate to move into the next stages of reopening. He said COVID resurgences are being seen throughout the Country.

“The news has been full of discussion about the fact that there have been resurgences of cases — not just in California, but around the Country — particularly as jurisdictions attempt to reopen,” said Munday.

The age of infected throughout the Country has shifted to younger individuals, according to Munday. He speculated the cause to be the reopening of activities that typically draw younger crowds and the increased testing capabilities on a mass scale.

“Many of the activities that people have been participating in that they were not able to do for a period of time are the kinds of things you would expect younger people to participate in …  I think that’s a large reason as to why we’re seeing the increases of numbers in those particular populations,” said Munday. “It isn’t that they are getting sicker necessarily. It’s just more that they are the ones that are getting exposed and more testing is taking place.”

Additionally, Munday withdrew his health order for the County regarding the use of face coverings. He explained the purpose of the withdrawn health order was not because face coverings should not be worn, but because he said he felt the state health officer’s health order regarding face coverings was all-encompassing.

“The state health officer put out a statewide order that requires masking. The order is very detailed and lists where there are exceptions. But I felt that order was actually quite comprehensive and therefore I elected to withdraw my health officer order with regard to masking and we just linked to the state health officer order,” said Munday.

The California health officer’s order says people in California must wear face coverings when in the high-risk situations listed below:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank
  • Waiting for, or riding on, public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site when interacting in-person with any member of the public
  • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities
  • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance

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