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    Friday, April 03, 2020
    EL CENTRO — As the COVID-19 pandemic has created a worldwide need for disposable face masks, a group of women from Holtville utilized their sewing skills to help alleviate the need here. Lyn Croak, Delu Plourd, Shirley Daniell, Nora Ritter, Margie Garcia and Nancy O’Malley volunteered to make 165 face masks and donated them Thursday morning to El Centro Regional Medical Center. The masks will ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Friday, April 03, 2020
    EL CENTRO – Members of the National Guard have arrived in Imperial County to provide assistance to the Imperial Valley Food Bank and the Imperial County Area Agency on Aging. Executive Director Sara Griffen said a small contingency from the National Guard started working with the Food Bank Thursday.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    EL CENTRO – Imperial County Public Health Department has confirmed its first death from complications of the novel coronavirus. The news was announced Thursday afternoon in a joint press teleconference with Imperial County Public Health Officer Dr. Stephen Munday and County Chief Executive Office Tony Rouhotas Jr. The individual was described as an elderly adult with underlying health ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    The Internal Revenue Service is warning the taxpayers to be aware of scammers out to steal their stimulus payments. The IRS will begin to distribute COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments in a matter of weeks.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    EL CENTRO -- The Imperial County Office of Education and local school districts jointly announced Wednesday that school facility closures would be extended through the end of the school year. The announcement comes a day after California Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond announced that schools statewide weren’t likely to resume for the remainder of the school year.
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
    Thursday, April 02, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Serve their country during a time of need is something all American Legion members are used to. So when leadership at Boyce Aten American Legion Post 25 here saw that Imperial Valley was being affected by COVID-19 and all the precautions the virus entails, it knew it could be of service to the community.
    Categories: Community, 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
    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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: Community, General News Article, Political, Economic, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    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: Education, Human Interest, Community, Fun Facts, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    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: General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, Human Interest
    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: Economic, 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
    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: Community, General News Article, Education, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    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
    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
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