IMPERIAL COUNTY — Governor Newsom announced that the State of California is experiencing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and there is concern regarding the capacity for acute care in the hospitals throughout the State, according to a press release. The governor announced that the State will be using the following measures for the color-coded tier assignments:

  • In order to get a better picture of recent activity due to the sharp rise in cases, the State will be using a four-day lag to measure for case rate and test positivity data.
  • This week, counties were moved back to a more restrictive tier if they had one week of worsening metrics.
  • Some counties were moved by more than one tier if the metrics demonstrated that it was necessary. 
  • The information for test volume was based on information from the previous week.
  • Protecting healthcare workers and facilities is key. 

The County of Imperial remains in the purple tier and there is no indication that there will be movement to another tier. 

The County Health Officer is asking the public to take the following actions:

  1. Get a flu shot if you have not yet received one. The flu shot will be available at a drive-thru flu clinic Saturday, November 21.
  1. Prevent social gatherings with other individuals outside of your immediate household. Limit gatherings to no more than 16 people from three households. 
  1. Use a face cover and social distance when in public and when gathering with people you don’t live with, including close friends and family who live elsewhere.  

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