Imperial's District 5 Supervisor Castillo tests positive for COVID: Official 'fortunate and grateful' to be vaccinated

Imperial’s District 5 Supervisor Raymond Castillo is quarantining at his home and following all safety and medical precautions advised by his doctor after testing positive for COVID-19.

On Nov. 17, Imperial County confirmed District 5 Supervisor Raymond Castillo has tested positive for COVID.

“(Castillo) is quarantining at his home and following all safety and medical precautions advised by his doctor,” noted Imperial County. “Castillo will continue to fulfill his supervisorial duties by voting remotely until he can safely return to attend in-person meetings at the County Administration Center’s Board Chambers. Castillo has received a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Castillo serves as the Imperial County supervisor for District 5, which includes Blythe’s neighboring town of Palo Verde.

Elected in November 2010, Castillo also serves as supervisor for the communities of Calexico, Brawley, El Centro, Holtville, and Winterhaven.

“Over the weekend I unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 and am currently experiencing mild symptoms. I am fortunate and grateful to have the protection of a safe and effective vaccine. I’d like to urge all those who I may have come in contact with to get tested if you are feeling symptoms,” stated Castillo. “I’d also like to thank all healthcare workers across our County who are fighting this virus everyday.”

On Nov. 18, Palo Verde Unified School District (PVUSD) announced an upcoming area COVID vaccination clinic.

“A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held Tuesday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Starbucks, 745 W. Hobsonway in Blythe,” stated PVUSD’s public service announcement. “Riverside University Public Health is providing the clinic and the 1st, 2nd and booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered for anyone 12 years of age and older. A flyer with details and the QR code to schedule an appointment is posted on the district website (pvusd.us). If you need assistance with scheduling an appointment please call 2-1-1.”

Riverside County’s latest (Nov. 14) available and published CDP (Census Designated Places)/City Vaccine Report data notes 28.77% of Blythe’s population as fully vaccinated – continuing to be the lowest percentage among cities reported.

Blythe’s fully vaccinated population percentage went down from the previously reported 30.27% from Oct. 25.

“Periodically the state cleans up its data and the numbers change,” clarified Riverside University Health System – Public Health (RUHS-PH) Senior Public Information Specialist Jose Arballo Jr. to the Times. “Plus, we have changed to now include those 5 and older, so the percentage of the overall vaccine rate will change.”

Previously reported fully vaccinated numbers related to Blythe indicated the following percentages in 2021:

  • May 17: 19.64%
  • June 7: 21.52%
  • June 21: 23.59%
  • June 28: 24.04%
  • July 19: 24.27%
  • July 27: 24.35%
  • Aug. 3: 24.51%
  • Aug. 9: 24.80%
  • Aug. 16: 25.12%
  • Aug. 22: 25.22%
  • Aug. 29: 26.67%
  • Sept. 12: 27.44%
  • Sept. 19: 27.65%
  • Sept. 26: 28.75%
  • Oct. 11: 28.83%
  • Oct. 18: 29.64%
  • Oct. 25: 30.27%
  • Nov. 14: 28.77%

The above percentages were also the lowest among reported cities at the time.

As of Nov. 18, RUHS-PH’s available COVID data dashboard reports the cumulative case count for the city of Blythe to be 1,794 confirmed cases, 1,731 recovered and 29 deaths.

The cumulative case count for zip code residence 92225 – as of Nov. 15 – is reported at 2,186 confirmed cases with 2,115 recovered.

Both figures exclude case count numbers of the two area California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisons.

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