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Orange County officials said they plan to impose fines on vendors who attempt to price gouge the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Executive Officer Frank Kim said in a press conference Thursday that fines will be levied against anyone who sells a product for more than 10 percent of its retail value or 50 percent of the seller’s revenue.

He added that the fines pertain particularly to face masks being sold on the street.

Nichole Quick, Orange County Health Officer, reported during the meeting that 1,438 in the county are infected with COVID-19, 138 are hospitalized and 25 people have died.

Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes said the county is seeing an increase in domestic violence and abuse calls.

He also discussed the county’s no-bail policy, which has been put in place and pertains mainly to new offenders.

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said infected inmates in the county are under quarantine, along with two Orange County sheriff deputies. He added that assistance calls are down, while a domestic violence and child custody dispute calls are up about 30 percent.

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