- Failure to meet state benchmarks has put Imperial County on the governor’s key metrics, which can result in increased oversight and additional closures to combat the virus.
- Over the past two weeks, the county has recorded 1,786 new cases, failing the standard for disease transmission.
- The number of hospitalizations has been steady. There are now 76 patients with a confirmed or suspected case.
- The county’s hospital capacity is within state standards. Less than 80% of ICU beds are occupied and at least 75% of ventilators are available.
The latest trends
Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.
Over the past week, the county has averaged 97 new cases and 3 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 41.5 days.
State and local officials are closely watching the latest figures as they weigh when and how to reopen. One metric is whether counties have kept the number of new cases reported over the last 14 days to less than 100 per 100,000 residents.
Imperial County currently fails that test. Over the last two weeks, officials have confirmed 1,786 new cases, which amounts to 991 per 100,000.
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Mapping the cases
Cases have been reported in 16 of Imperial County's ZIP Codes.
Explore the latest data statewide by visiting our comprehensive dashboard.
Hospitals and patients
Lockdown measures aim to slow the virus in hope of preventing hospitals from being overrun. To keep tabs on capacity, officials watch out for rapid increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients. The state asks counties with more than 20 patients to keep recent increases under 10%.
Currently, 9 of the state's 58 counties fail the test. Imperial County meets the standard.
There are now 76 patients admitted to county hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the latest figures from the state. Of those, 17 are in an intensive-care unit.
Nursing homes have become a tragic focal point of the coronavirus outbreak. California's Department of Public Health has listed 4 skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities in Imperial County that currently have COVID-19 cases.
The state last updated the list on July 12. Officials withhold the precise number where there are 10 or fewer cases. The numbers reflect cumulative counts.
Learn more about those we've lost by reading Times obituaries of Californians who have died from coronavirus.
Reopenings and restrictions
County order: Stay at home order in place until further notice
Face coverings: Following statewide order which requires people to wear face coverings in public place and at essential businesses
Essential retail: Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and post offices, etc. are open
Retail: Open for curbside pick-up only
Restaurants: Indoor dine-in closed, but outdoor dining open and delivery/takeout allowed
Bars: All bars, breweries and pubs closed. Indoor wineries and tasting rooms closed
Lifestyle: Golf courses, landscape gardening, car washes, pet grooming and tribal casinos reopened
Parks: County parks closed
Schools: Most K-12 schools are distance learning. Colleges online only
Government: Open only for essential functions
Houses of worship: Outdoor faith-based and cultural ceremonies allowed, but with limitations
Gatherings: All nonessential public gatherings are prohibited