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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.

Its two hospitals overrun, Imperial County halts in-store retail and indoor religious services

Its two hospitals overrun, Imperial County halts in-store retail and indoor religious services

Its two hospitals overrun, Imperial County halts in-store retail and indoor religious services

Its two hospitals overrun, Imperial County halts in-store retail and indoor religious services

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.

Speaking through a face mask, the woman shares updates about who has gotten sick, who’s been moved to the ICU and who they’ve buried in the last week. This is life in Imperial County, the California county hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Imperial County agrees to close non-essential businesses, parks as COVID-19 cases rise

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NEW: Yesterday CA conducted over 76k #COVID19  tests. Positivity rate: 5.7% over 7 days. That rate in Imperial County, however, is at 23%. Hospitals there are overwhelmed. So today we’re working with the county to reinstate a stay at home order. We have to take this seriously.

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.

JUST IN: California is urging Imperial County to once again institute stay-at-home orders because of a soaring number of new cases.

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.

Governor Gavin Newsom said Imperial County needs to pull back and reinstate its stay at home order. 15 counties are on "watchlist" "Trendlines are disturbing," Newsom said.

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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

Hospitals in Imperial County California are filled to capacity -- patients now being diverted:

The only two hospitals in California's Imperial County were forced to turn away new coronavirus patients, after admitting scores believed stricken with COVID-19 from across the border in Mexico

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