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Please note the Imperial County Public Health Department will be closed to all walk-in services for the public. Department staff will be available to provide assistance by phone to members of the community who have questions related to any of the Department’s essential services.

Phone assistance will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The office will be closed for lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. This shall remain in effect until further notice.

FAQ - General Information

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

COVID-19 is currently spreading from person to person globally. The risk of infection is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in areas with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Older adults, individuals with compromised immune systems, and those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease have a higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19.

Human coronaviruses most commonly are spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.