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Imperial County Establishing Quarantine and Isolation Shelter

-Editorial

In a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the County of Imperial is currently working, with the support and aid of Imperial Valley College (IVC) and the State of California, to convert the IVC gymnasium from an Alternate Care Site (ACS) to a Quarantine and Isolation Shelter (QIS).

The QIS will be utilized to provide temporary shelter for COVID-19 positive and/or COVID-19 exposed individuals who otherwise would not have a place to shelter or quarantine. This QIS can house more than 80 people and will be operationally capable by March 23, 2021. It is estimated that the QIS will be in use for up to four weeks.  The County is establishing a QIS as its current quarantine and isolation services are near maximum capacity.

This is an extension of the County’s and IVC’s inclusive approach in collaborating with local, state, federal, and nonprofit agencies to meet the basic needs and provide safe shelter to those who otherwise would have none, while ultimately preventing the spread of COVID-19. Protecting and ensuring every individual’s right to life and health will help control the spread of the virus.  This action does not impact Imperial County’s current red tier status. 

To protect the safety and health of those working and sheltering within the QIS, IVC’s gymnasium and surrounding areas will remain off-limits and blocked off from public access.

We will continue to keep the community informed as more information becomes available. 

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