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Imperial County staying afloat in orange tier for now

Fewer hospitalizations could help the County move in right direction of re-opening - News 11's Arlette Yousif reports

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Imperial County Public Health Department held its COVID-19 update Thursday along with Pioneers Memorial Health District (PMHD) and El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC). There has been a slight uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Valley. However, the number of COVID-19 patients is still trending down.

Even with a minor setback, Imperial County could avoid stepping back into the red or more restrictive tier if numbers continue to improve.

Pioneers Memorial reports fewer hospitalizations in April than previous occurrences of spikes in cases.

"Hospitalization rates have been fairly low, which we truly appreciate. While we had three months running of decreasing COVID admissions, it did pop up a little bit as Dr. Munday said. We never exceeded 10 patients in the hospital. Currently, we’re at 7," says PMHD CEO Larry Lewis.

ECRMC is also experiencing a similar change in COVID-19 patients, though still prepared for higher volumes just in case.

"The COVID numbers are down. We tend to hover around seven or eight COVID patients per day. Our census is somewhere a little bit higher than normal in this time of year. Somewhere between the high 70's to low 90's. We did erect several tents for us to be prepared in, if we have a surge," says ECRMC CNO Lou Kenney.

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Arlette Yousif

Arlette Yousif joined KYMA in November 2020 as a Multi Media Journalist. She holds a BA in Journalism with a minor in Film. In 2019, she completed her internship at KLAS, a CBS affiliate station in Las Vegas.

While Arlette’s first love is writing, she is no stranger to the camera. Her background consists of acting, singing, hosting and even working for a major music producer. Even still, Arlette has worked in many different fields ranging from food service to hospitality and property management. Her first job was at her family restaurant when she was 14 years old. She danced around outside dressed as a clown waving a pizza box for the grand-reopening.

Arlette was born and raised in Southern California and spent about 6 years in Nevada before moving to Yuma.

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