COVID-19

Kern Public Health to open COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Fairgrounds with soft launch this week

January 19, 2021 / By

A mass vaccination site in Kern County is set to open Wednesday, Kern County Public Health Department officials said.

How Covid-19 mutates and its new strains

January 15, 2021 / By

Viruses constantly change through mutation, so new variants of a virus are expected. They naturally mutate as they spread through a population and happen by chance.

Primex, Wasco State Prison, Kingston Healthcare Center receive fines from state for violations in COVID-19 infection prevention

January 12, 2021 / By

Multiple Kern County-based companies and facilities have received fines from the state these past few months for not following COVID-19 infection prevention in the workplace.

Kern County moves into the third tier of the first phase of Kern’s COVID-19 vaccination plan

January 11, 2021 / By

The Kern County Public Health Department announced Friday it is moving into the next tier of its vaccination plan, now allowing for more Kern residents to receive the vaccine.

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.

During holidays, Kern’s active case rate increases to record numbers

January 4, 2021 / By

In just two months, Kern County went from having less than 5,000 active cases of COVID-19 to having more than 50,000 cases during the holiday season.