Back to square one? County hopes not

Gov. Gavin Newsom gives an update in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on Friday, regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom said he wants Imperial County to reimpose a stay-at-home order amid a surge in positive coronavirus tests. AP PHOTO/RICH PEDRONCELLI, POOL

EL CENTRO — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday wants Imperial County to stay at home, and plenty of people aren’t happy about it.

Newsom said he was concerned about Imperial County's high rate of positive tests and its stressed hospital system. He has already sent the National Guard to help. He said the decision on the stay-home order will be up to county supervisors, but if they can't agree “I am committed to intervening.”

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