On Friday Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Imperial County is one of 15 counties on a watch list due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but things are worse in that Southern California county than anywhere else in the state. So much so, the Governor has issued an order that Imperial County officials reinstate their stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the virus.
Governor Newsom noted that the state has moved 500 coronavirus patients out of Imperial County to for treatment as a means of easing the stress on the county hospital system. He also noted that the positivity rate of 23-percent. The positivity rate is the daily percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in relation to the total number of people tested that day.
Watch the Governor's full news briefing below.
Governor Newsom also announced a new partnership between the state and the California Manufacturers and Technology Association to put the power the state's manufacturing companies to work against the virus. The state now has a website for companies seeking personal protective equipment and sanitizer for their workers. The goal is to get the manufacturers to retool at least part of their operation to allow for the making of more PPE and other products which can be used to stop the virus.