Beyond Kern

Governor Newsom looks to phase out Oil Extraction in California

May 1, 2021 / By

In a press release that was released last Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom revealed that California will work to end oil extraction as part of nation-leading effort to achieve carbon neutrality.

Q&A: McFarland’s new police chief has a vision to establish an ethical, moral police culture and trust among community

March 17, 2021 / By

The McFarland community has had difficulty trusting the local police department; however, the new Chief of Police has plans to change that.

Governor Newsom announces federal approval of Medicaid funding for COVID-19 testing for low-income students

March 3, 2021 / By

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that the Biden-Harris Administration has approved California’s request to utilize Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) funding to provide voluntary COVID-19 testing for low-income students covered by the program, further supporting schools in underserved communities to reopen for in-person instruction.  

Q&A: Local doctor says COVID-19 ‘vaccine is the fastest and efficient way to be protected’ from virus

February 8, 2021 / By

The COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Kern County Fairgrounds is accepting appointments for this week.

COVID-19 testing remains a priority in Kern, health officials say

February 2, 2021 / By

Although administering COOVID-19 vaccinations appears to be the main priority among health professionals, COVID-19 testing remains a priority in Kern County, Kern County Public Health officials say.

Pandemic puts strain on local EMS system as it experiences ‘sharp’ increase in 911 calls, resulting in longer off-load times, shortage of ambulances

January 6, 2021 / By

As Kern’s hospitals get closer to reaching max capacity, local emergency medical services are forced to become the temporary emergency departments for many patients seeking ambulances during this COVID-19 surge.