COVID-19

UPDATE: County officials announce changes to COVID-19 testing sites

June 22, 2020 / By

Kern County officials announced updates to some of the COVID-19 testing sites in Kern County.

Megan Person, the chief communications officer for Kern County, said the drive thru location at the Kern County Fairgrounds is only taking patients who are 18 year old or older, and the County testing site in Lamont tests children that are five years old or older.

State mandates face coverings in public; local health officials stress the importance of following COVID-19 guidelines

June 18, 2020 / By

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday a state-wide mandate that requires Californians to wear face coverings while in public.

Health officials confirm 3 new COVID-19 related deaths, 60 more cases

June 17, 2020 / By

The Kern County Public Health Department confirmed Wednesday morning three new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 57. 

Public health officials confirm 85 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

June 16, 2020 / By

The Kern County Public Health Department confirmed 85 new COVID-19 cases and one new COVID-19 related death Tuesday morning, bringing the total number of deaths to 54.

Youth struggle to find jobs during pandemic due to lack of experience

June 16, 2020 / By

Ralene Oros was told in March her job as a cashier at a yogurt shop would only temporarily be cut during the pandemic, but three and a half months later, she remains jobless and unsure when she will have a steady income again.

State model predicts Kern to exceed ICU capacity late next month

June 15, 2020 / By

A new COVID-19 state model shows Kern County may exceed it’s normal ICU capacity by the end of next month, and may see a peak in hospitalizations in February 2021 if residents do not take precautions, county officials said Monday at a press conference.