RESOURCES: Health care providers offering COVID-19 services

March 25, 2020 /

Throughout the past week and a half, Kern County has seen an increase in positive cases of COVID-19. Kern’s latest case was announced by the Kern County Public Health Department Tuesday, raising the number to 15 cases throughout Kern County.

There are still 341 pending tests awaiting results. A number of health care providers are offering services during the pandemic.

Kern Sol News is sharing a list of resources the community can use during the pandemic.

If you are symptomatic. Call and speak to a nurse to check if that clinic can test you. COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-542-8840.

Clinica Sierra Vista is providing free COVID-19 testing at all locations.

Those who want to be tested should call their hotline for a pre-screening before they show up for testing. The hotline number is (833) 534 -0073, and lines are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Clinica Sierra Vista Health Insurance Program is completing health insurance enrollments over the phone. For assistance, call (661) 328-4245.

Adventist Health is providing COVID-19 testing outside in a tent. 

Urgent Care on 212 Coffee Road, Bakersfield is providing COVID-19 testing.

Kern Family Health Care remains open by phone assistance (lobby is closed). If you have questions or concerns, call 661-632-1590 or 1-800-391-2000 .

Bakersfield College’s Student Health and Wellness Center is conducting a walk-up flu clinic for any student and/or staff member who has not previously received a flu vaccine.

Dignity Health Mercy & Memorial Hospital English: Click here to view

Virtual Care Anywhere through Dignity Health  is offering free virtual urgent care visits with a coupon code: COVID19 for patients experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. It allows for timely care delivery without putting other patients or our clinicians at risk of contracting the virus. To access a free virtual urgent care visit, click here. Download the Virtual Care Anywhere app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or call 855-356-8053.

Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospital is still accepting clients for in person assistance with Medi-Cal and Covered California applications renewal application assistance. The hospitals are providing education and post enrollment support over the phone to ensure individuals understand their coverage and help them overcome any barriers when accessing health care. 

However, due to restrictions set in place by the hospitals, we must adhere to the following rules:

  • By appointment only. Walk-ins will not be allowed by security. Call (661) 632-5976 or (661) 632-5004 to schedule an appointment.
  • Clients will be screened and will NOT be allowed entry if they have any of the following: fever, shortness of breath, coughing, sore throat.
  • Only adults will be admitted into hospital facilities (The hospitals request that only the primary household applicant come in.)
  • Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Medi-Cal Renewals must bring their renewal packet—clients need to request from DHS and have in their possession prior to scheduling an appointment for assistance.
  • Clients must bring the following documents for each of the persons on the application: Citizenship Certificate/Green Card/Work Authorization Card; CA Driver’s License/ID; Proof of Income (taxes, recent pay stubs, w-2’s, etc); Kern County residency (utility bill, driver license); Social Security Number and Date of Birth; BIC/Medi-Cal Cards; Medi-Cal Case Number

Statewide and National Resources Involving MediCal 

  • Department of Health Care Services Click here
  • In light of COVID-19, Covered California is expanding its Special Enrollment Period for 2020. Effective immediately, any eligible consumer can enroll in health coverage without experiencing a qualifying life event or other special circumstance. This new policy will be in effect until June 30, 2020.
  • Department of Managed Health Care coverage option you can explore and can apply for health insurance and will be in effect until June 30, 2020. Click here to view coverage options.

Find more resources on an interactive map here. This map was created in partnership with the Equity and Social Justice GIS Special Interest Group (ESJ GIS) which aims to provide a space for GIS professions, students, and interested community members to share ideas, collaborate, and learn from one another.