El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) announced today that they have received confirmation from the San Diego Public Health Department that two individuals have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. One individual is a current patient at ECRMC, and the other is quarantined in their home.
The samples were sent to San Diego on Monday, March 9, 2020, and given the inconclusive results were retested this morning. The individuals are a couple with a history of travel to Florida where COVID-19 is circulating. One of the individuals is recuperating at home while the other is in critical condition at a local facility. Due to confidentiality issues, no other information is being shared about the patients.
Dr. Stephen Munday, County Health Officer stated, “the positive test results of two Imperial County residents for COVID-19 is an indication that we need to work diligently to prevent the virus from spreading in our community. It is also an important reminder that our surveillance system is working effectively. The health and safety of our residents is our highest priority. We will continue to work closely with all our local providers and community groups in response to COVID-19.”
The situation with COVID-19 is very fluid and changing daily. The Imperial County Public Health Department is collaborating closely with federal, state and local officials in addition to health officials from Baja California to assure healthcare providers, and community members have the most updated information in order to make informed decisions for their agencies.
To date, there have been seven persons under investigation for COVID-19 infection in Imperial County.