There are now 6,979 cases in the sparsely populated Imperial County, with 105 deaths. Imperial has had more deaths than states such as Idaho and West Virginia.
The Imperial County order halts any indoor religious services, limits nonessential retail to curbside pickup only and closes county parks.
Since the outset of the pandemic, Imperial County’s infection rate has been about six times higher than California’s as a whole, with at least 2,835 cases per 100,000 people. Statewide, the average is 491 cases per 100,000 people.
Imperial County agrees to close non-essential businesses, parks as COVID-19 cases rise
State officials are asking Imperial County to reinstate stay-at-home orders after the county reported an average case rate of 680 per 100,000. The state threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 residents is required to move forward with relaxing restrictions.
Imperial County has become so overwhelmed by the coronavirus that the state is recommending that county officials reimpose a strict stay-at-home order, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday.
The only two hospitals in California's Imperial County near the U.S.-Mexico border were forced to close their doors to new coronavirus patients after being hit by a surge in COVID-19 cases from across the border