EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY)-Mexicali Mayor Marina Del Pilar was in town Thursday afternoon, to discuss a COVID-19 binational contingency plan with Imperial County officials.
Mexicali's Municipal Police Director Maria Elena Andrade was also in attendance.
“To see and share the good practices that both cities are taking at this time and discuss what we can do better. As sister cities we are heavily involved with each other and share so much. It’s important that we meet and have a good relationship with each other,” said Pilar.
COVID-19 cases in Mexicali have been steadily climbing by the day.
According to Baja California's case count, Mexicali has over 1,600 positive cases.
This week Imperial County made national headlines after a surge in COVID-19 cases led county hospitals to divert COVID-19 patients.
El Centro Regional Medical Center stated several U.S. citizens from Mexicali seeking medical care in the valley could have been a factor in the surge.
"I understand what occurred and that's exactly what we are tirelesly working to do, we are trying to make sure every COVID patient gets the medical care they need," said Pilar.
"U.S. citizens that test positive have the opportunity to choose where they want to be attended, if it's Mexico or in the U.S. it's their choice due to their nationality," said Pilar.