California Governor Urges Imperial County To Enact Stay-At-Home Order

Published: Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 3:03pm

A southern California county that borders Arizona is being told to shut down over a concerning level of coronavirus spread. 

Imperial County, which borders Yuma and La Paz counties along the Colorado River, is showing a 23% positive rate in its coronavirus testing. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says if the county doesn’t reinstitute a stay-at-home order, he’ll do it himself.

"We are now in a position where we are working with county officials and advising them to pull back, and once again reinstitute their stay at home orders," Newsom said. "If they are not able to come to some consensus, I am committed to intervening, as is my role and responsibility as governor of the State of California."

Imperial County already was moving slower in re-opening than the rest of California, but Newsom says its numbers are concerning enough that it should slow itself even further.

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