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Imperial County Health Department Requires All Residents to Use Cloth Face Covering

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Imperial County officials have issued a new Health Officer Order requiring all residents and visitors of Imperial County to wear cloth face coverings when leaving their homes or shelters and are likely to come in contact with other members of the public.

It is not recommending that the public use medical masks (N-95s and surgical masks) which are in short supply and must be reserved for frontline healthcare providers. It is important to note that violation of this order is considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or by jail up to 90 days.

“What we know about COVID-19 continues to evolve. This new order is based on updated CDC guidance which shows that the use of face coverings may help reduce the spread of the illness by those who are infected but have not yet started to feel sick.” Dr. Munday went on to emphasize, “Social distancing and frequent handwashing still remain the most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19. The use of a face covering is an added safety measure and not a replacement for those practices

Chairman of the Board and District 2 Supervisor, Luis A. Plancarte stated, “The decision to require all residents and visitors to wear face coverings is meant to protect our community from the potential spread of COVID-19. I ask that everyone continue to stay home, but if you must leave, remember to use a face covering.”

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