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    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    RIVERSIDE — County health officials here are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential travel to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. In a release, the Riverside University Health System said the face coverings do not have to be hospital grade, but they should cover the nose and mouth. For example, bandanas, fabric masks and neck ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Health Officer has issued an amended Health Officer Order that takes effect today and will remain in effect until further notice. The amended order reiterates the stay-at-home order for all residents living in Imperial County, except to attend to critical needs such as getting food, medications or medical assistance.   Additionally, all businesses in Imperial ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Imperial County residents living in unincorporated areas who can show they have been hurt financially by COVID-19 cannot be evicted by landlords now for not being able to pay rent for at least the next two months. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted an uncodified emergency ordinance to establish a temporary prohibition during the COVID-19 pandemic on related ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    EL CENTRO -- Precautions taken at the county Superior Courts in response to COVID-19 appear to have helped calm concerns for many justice system partners returning to work today. Those precautions include holding a limited number of hearings as well as hosting those proceedings in some of the court’s larger courtrooms where social distancing guidelines can be followed.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    EL CENTRO — On Tuesday morning, both the east and west sides of the city were filled with cheer as school teachers and staff held drive-by parades for their respective schools. B.T. Washington Elementary School circled around the neighborhood near to its campus on East Brighton Avenue, while McCabe Union Elementary School District made a few stops west of the railroad tracks.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Most Imperial County employees are paid when they have to take long periods of time off for illnesses, but extra help employees, like reserves firefighters, do not receive those same benefits. Imperial County recently came to the decision that reserves firefighters, who are classified as extra help employees, will not be receive sick pay if they are exposed to the coronavirus.
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    MEXICALI — Starting Tuesday, the government of Baja California will intensify preventive measures to slow the curve of COVID-19 cases within the state. As the impact of the virus progresses, more forceful actions will be launched, Gov. Jaime Bonilla said. The measures include closure of beaches, shopping malls without supermarkets, and people walking on the street with no purpose. “The only ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Local officials tasked with helping ensure an accurate 2020 Census count are shifting strategies after the COVID-19 pandemic recently prompted the suspension of field operations. In place of previously planned community outreach efforts, stakeholders are moving their presence online and planning to establish a call-in system to help residents complete the online census ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education
    Sunday, March 29, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Public Health Department order more than two weeks ago that closed many businesses, which is set to expire on Tuesday, may not be needed anymore. That is a question county supervisors will consider Tuesday.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Sunday, March 29, 2020
    CALIPATRIA — The last time Anthony G. Lopez stepped onto Veterans’ Field here in uniform was in 1997. That uniform consisted of a football helmet, shoulder pads and Calipatria High School’s navy blue and yellow football jersey.
    Categories: General News Article
    Sunday, March 29, 2020
    BRAWLEY — The recent statewide orders to stay at home and close all non-essential businesses as a precaution against COVID-19 has changed the way all businesses in the state operate. What hasn’t changed, however, is the commitment and care local small business owners have had toward maintaining their relationships with their customers.
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, March 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Easter is likely to come and go well before communities see a return to normalcy and the end of social distancing precautions. That was an opinion that came through clearly in a press teleconference held Saturday with Imperial County’s top health official, Dr. Stephen Munday. Munday told members of the local media the community appears to be in the acceleration phase of the spread ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Saturday, March 28, 2020
    LA QUINTA — The death of a 25-year-old pharmacy technician here from novel coronavirus has health officials warning the community that COVID-19 can be deadly for all and not just those who are elderly. The body of the pharmacy technician was found March 25 in a La Quinta residence, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. The identity of the San Diego County resident is ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, March 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO — As thousands of people across the state are wondering what to do after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus virus, many are turning to unemployment insurance benefits as a way to pay their bills. For a lot of residents it can be a confusing process, but the State of California and the federal government are making it easier and quicker.
    Categories: General News Article, Human Interest
    Saturday, March 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The coming week is expected to provide a crucial indication of the scope of local COVID-19 cases and the efficacy of ongoing efforts to limit exposure and its spread. That assessment was provided by Dr. Adolphe Edward, El Centro Regional Medical Center chief executive officer, who said COVID-19 is now locally in a period of community transmission.
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article
    Saturday, March 28, 2020
    HOLTVILLE — Local gym owner Frank Valenzuela is in a bit of a crunch — a crunch that he might not be able to get out of without throwing in his sweat-soaked towel. The recent statewide order to close all gyms and fitness centers due to COVID-19 concerns has forced Valenzuela, like all gym owners in the state, to close the doors to his gym, Vikings Gym.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Saturday, March 28, 2020
    CALEXICO — To show their support for their students during the countywide school closures, faculty and staff at Mains Elementary School here put on a drive-by parade Friday morning. Beginning at 9 a.m., a caravan of more than 10 vehicles traveled through all the streets within its enrollment boundaries.
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article
    Saturday, March 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Imperial County Public Health Department on Friday raised the tally of local residents who have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to 21. That represents four additional cases from what was reported Thursday. The health department also reported there have been 140 negative tests so far, and there are nine tests pending. Statewide, there have been 4,880 confirmed cases ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    EL CENTRO — A limited number of proceedings will resume at the county Superior Court courthouse here on Wednesday, following a partial temporary closure prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those scheduled for resumption include criminal and juvenile matters, restraining order hearings and other matters necessary to protect public safety, the county Superior Court announced Wednesday.Staff Writer ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Political, Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Capt. William Perkins is the new commanding officer of the Naval Air Facility here. He relieved Capt. Derrick Kingsley, who held temporary command of the base after the retirement of Capt. Brent Alfonzo on Jan. 24.By Tom Bodus, Editor in Chief, IV Press
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The number of positive tests for COVID-19 in Imperial County nearly doubled Thursday evening with the confirmation of eight more cases. That brings the number of positive tests to 17, the Imperial County Public Health Department said. Of the eight new cases, five were reported to be recovering at home and three are hospitalized. There have also been 114 negative test results to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    CALEXICO – The Calexico clinic of a private primary care physician started providing COVID-19 testing for local individuals who have been prescreened by clinicians and have met certain criteria. Dr. Tien Vo said he has the capacity to test about between 20 to 50 pre-screened individuals daily and has tested on average about 15 to 20 patients a day since Monday. The majority of those tested ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    OCOTILLO — Kids are getting fed here, too. One man is making sure of it. There are currently free meal distribution sites established at 37 public school campuses throughout Imperial County during the ongoing COVID-19 school closures.Staff Writer Vincent Osuna can be reached at vosuna@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3442.
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning approved several emergency declarations amounting to $345,000 in funds to assist the homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Services Director Veronica Rodriguez asked the supervisors to execute a pending Homeless Emergency Aid Program contract for almost $45,000 for medical necessities and hotel vouchers to ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, General News Article, Political
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    HOLTVILLE — Ever since school closed on March 17, staff and administrators at Pine Elementary have been, well, pining for their students. They decided to do something about it, so on Tuesday morning they jumped in their cars and formed a parade that passed by the home of nearly every student while they waved to say, “Hi.”Staff Writer Vincent Osuna can be reached at vosuna@ivpressonline.com or ...read more
    Categories: Community, Fun Facts, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Education, Human Interest
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The number of positive cases of novel coronavirus rose by a third Tuesday with an announcement from the Imperial County Public Health Department that three more had been confirmed. The health department said the three new cases were each linked to close contact with one of the previous six cases confirmed by the county. The department said all three reported mild symptoms that did ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County and the Imperial Valley Continuum of Care will be receiving more than a half million dollars between them to help protect the health and safety of the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency funding was authorized under Senate Bill 89, which was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 17. The next day, the governor’s office allocated $100 million to ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Economic, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program board on Thursday voted to approve a resolution declaring a state of emergency due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19. The emergency declaration allows IVROP to take the appropriate steps to respond to the potential spread of COVID-19.Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at jmorales@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3415.
    Categories: Education, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, General News Article
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    BRAWLEY — The status of local parks amid the governor’s recent stay-at-home order and local emergency declarations remains a point of confusion, as evidenced by Rosanna Bayon Moore’s Sunday. Brawley’s city manager said she had spent a good part of her day fielding calls in response to an article that appeared in the Sunday edition of this newspaper. The article described the number of parks in ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Sunday, March 22, 2020
    EL CENTRO — One of the two most recent patients confirmed to have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a staff member at Southwest High School, the Central Union High School District announced Sunday in a release. The Imperial County Public Health Department announced late Saturday that two additional patients in the County had tested positive for COVID-19. The patients were ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Education, Human Interest
    Sunday, March 22, 2020
    BRAWLEY — Many public parks in Imperial County remain open amid the stay-at-home order and the recommendation of social distancing recently issued by the state governor due to novel coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders were made with the intent to “protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19,” the ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Sunday, March 22, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Sylvia Preciado-Platero will likely remain the Red Cross Lady at heart, but it won’t be in fact. Preciado-Platero, who’s been the face of the American Red Cross in Imperial County for 19 years, informed the public Tuesday in an e-mail that her position as manager of the Imperial Valley Service Center will be eliminated effective at the end of business on April 3.
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Sunday, March 22, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors has proclaimed a local emergency associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Imperial and Riverside counties. The board approved Resolution No. 11-2020 during a special meeting Saturday morning. The proclamation helps ensure the district can continue its delivery of critical electrical and water delivery services are covered ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, IID
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    BRAWLEY — Pioneer’s Memorial Healthcare District was the scene of a bloodletting Thursday, when 12 positions were eliminated and at least 10 employees were shown the door in an effort to shave costs in an organization that has been experiencing significant losses. PMHD CEO Larry Lewis confirmed positions had been eliminated in public relations and marketing, human resources, clinical ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Human Interest
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    EL CENTRO — New habits are hard. It isn’t human nature to want to leave space in queueing situations, but keeping those gaps are important. Even with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide “shelter in place” order requiring residents to “stay at home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of federal critical infrastructure sectors,” there are still reasons ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Human Interest
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent directives governing public meetings, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced new meeting protocols. The county announced that it will continue to convene its regularly scheduled public meetings of the Board of Supervisors in the Board Chambers, as provided in the publicly posted agenda notice, and until further notice.
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    EL CENTRO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home-order for the entire state presents major challenges to the county in doing its job. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors in an emergency meeting on Friday afternoon met to discuss what actions they could take for essential services not to be interrupted.
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    CALEXICO — Effective today, all non-essential travel across the U.S. and Mexico border will be temporarily restricted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Friday. This includes the west and east ports of entry here, as well as the Andrade port of entry in Winterhaven.
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Community transmission of COVID-19 has been confirmed with Imperial County’s fourth positive test. The Imperial County Public Health Department announced the fourth case late Thursday, and El Centro Regional Medical Center CEO Dr. Adolphe Edward confirmed the result in a live Facebook webcast Friday morning. Edward said the patient is a local man in his mid-50s and that the ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Grocery store shortages of certain items have prompted an increasing number of local senior citizens to turn to the county Area Agency on Aging for help as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the agency has been providing impacted seniors with water, toilet paper and tissue upon request, while also fielding an increasing number of requests for items such as toothpaste ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    EL CENTRO – The Superior Court of California, County of Imperial on Thursday announced its decision to effectively close and reduce local court operations. The closures will take effect Monday through March 31. The Brawley and Winterhaven courthouses will be closed completely during this time.
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    BRAWLEY — As COVID-19 evolves, local communities across the country are acting to protect and promote the health and well-being of residents, this city said it is preparing to comply with the Imperial County Public Health Department’s Order to restrict activities often present in gatherings that may exacerbate the spread of COVID-19. “We are concerned for the health of our community and it is ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    IMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial, Calexico and Brawley city councils have all recently approved resolutions declaring a state of emergency in their respective jurisdictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cities’ respective declarations are intended to help ensure they have access to county, state, and federal resources to respond appropriately to the crisis, as well as recoup any ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    EL CENTRO — On Thursday afternoon, Imperial County officials were working on deciding which offices would remain open and which ones would be shuttered due to the COVID-19 virus. As the county was finishing up deciding what departments were essential and nonessential, what their hours of operation would be, or whether they would have any hours at all, big news broke that went further than the ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley Food Bank, which over the past 30 days has helped around 24,000 food-insecure individuals receive a modicum of sustenance, is operating with a skeleton crew. The non-profit organization typically relies a substantial amount of volunteer assistance to fulfill its mission of helping keep hunger at bay, usually having about 60 to 100 helpers per month, per Executive ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    CALEXICO — Gran Plaza Outlets on Thursday pitched in to  help vulnerable Imperial Valley residents during the novel coronavirus pandemic by doling out a rare gift. Staff at the outlets passed out two rolls of toilet paper to any senior citizen.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The governments of United States and Mexico announced Friday that international travel would be restricted along the Southwest border. to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 The restrictions will prohibit recreational and tourist travel, take effect at midnight Friday, and be in place for a minimum of 30 days, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release stated.    ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Assistant District Attorney Deborah Owen on Tuesday asked the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to take a stance against the courts handling nonviolent cases during the novel coronavirus crisis. The California Supreme Court, she said, is allowing counties to make their own decisions on whether to close or make any changes to the courts.
    Categories: Education, General News Article, Human Interest
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    While the health concern making the news is the COVID-19 outbreak, the vegetable industry remains concern about the recent foodborne illness outbreaks involving romaine lettuce. The U. S. Food & Drug Administration issued on March 5, 2020 an action plan to address its concerns about leafy greens. The link to that ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    EL CENTRO — This city is now officially under a state of emergency. The City Council reached that decision at its meeting Tuesday evening in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The City Council on Tuesday approved Norma Wyles to take over as new city clerk. She replaces Diane Caldwell, who is retiring April 7 after 38 years working for the city, including the past 12 as clerk.
    Categories: City of El Centro / City Council, General News Article
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    EL CENTRO — With less than two weeks remaining until the March 3 primary election results are due to be certified, one race is way too close to call. In the Division 2 Imperial Irrigation District Board of director’s race, local attorney Ryan Childers has moved ahead of incumbent Bruce Kuhn by 16 votes.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, IID
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    CALEXICO – The Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District on Wednesday approved the planned purchase of respiratory systems that could help protect medical providers dealing with the threat of COVID-19 in Calexico. It unanimously approved the expenditure of up to $25,000 to purchase several self-contained breathing apparatus that local medical providers can use in response to the potential threat ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    EL CENTRO — In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), large chain stores as well as other businesses in Imperial Valley have adjusted their hours of operation. Some stores have even implemented designated shopping times for senior citizens, their caretakers, first responders and special needs customers. Vons: For both Vons stores in the Valley (El Centro and Brawley), special shopping ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    BRAWLEY — Imperial County has a third patient who has tested positive for novel coronavirus. Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District CEO Larry Lewis confirmed the result Thursday evening. Very few details were available regarding the patient as of press time. That included the patient’s sex, age or whether the virus was contracted within the community or acquired elsewhere Lewis did say the ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Sunday, March 15, 2020
    Walmart recently recognized and celebrated top performing stores across the country. On Monday, the Calexico Walmart Supercenter, 2540 Rockwood Avenue, in Calexico was recognized as the top performing Supercenter across the country. There are currently 3,571 Walmart Supercenters in the United States. It is the first time the Calexico store has ever received the recognition.Store manager Oscar ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Thursday, March 12, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday questioned why cost of the Niland Public Safety Facility was increasing in cost. The project, which is 10 percent completed, initially was going to cost $5 million, but it is increasing to $6.23 million, Public Works Director John Gay told the supervisors.
    Categories: Education, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Sunday, March 01, 2020
    BRAWLEY — Reciting a speech in front of a panel of experienced judges is always difficult for someone of any age, but for students trying to do it in a language they’re still learning, it’s an impressive feat indeed. That was the challenge put before about 165 local migrant students Saturday morning during Imperial County Office of Education Migrant Education Program’s Speech and Debate ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Saturday, February 29, 2020
    IMPERIAL – With the primary election mere days away, Brawley resident Carlos Flores said he is still undecided about which Democratic presidential candidate he plans to vote for. A University of San Diego environmental sciences graduate student, Flores said he is reserving his vote for the candidate whose vision and policy proposals can best help create a sustainable world for future ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Saturday, February 29, 2020
    IMPERIAL — On Friday before the 3 p.m. opening ceremonies welcomed the public to the California Midwinter Fair & Fiesta, young livestock exhibitors were up bright and early at the IV Fairgrounds for showmanship and judging events. Local 4-H and FFA members showcased animals they’ve been raising for months now.
    Categories: General News Article