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Latino Task Force to offer two new free testing sites before Christmas

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Posted at 6:58 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 21:58:21-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — As people prepare for the Christmas holiday, The Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force continues to encourage Kern County residents to get their COVID-19 test at one of this week’s free testing sites.

In addition to the free testing sites, the collaborative has launched a new mental health and wellness hotline handling a variety of topics such as virtual education classrooms, employment concerns, and general worry about the safety of oneself and the safety of our family. The hotline is confidential and can be reached at (661) 525-5900.

“We want everyone to have a safe and healthy holiday,” said Jay Tamsi, co-founder of the Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force. “We encourage people to continue to get tested, social distance in public, wear their face masks, and stay home much as possible.”

This week’s testing sites are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South P. Street, Gate 40.
    • Free face masks will be given to individuals, courtesy of Adventist Health Bakersfield.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Planz Park, 1601 Planz Road.
    • Free face masks will be given to individuals, courtesy of Adventist Health Bakersfield.

Walk-ins are welcomed and encouraged as there is no pre-registration requirements. The collaboration asks people to please wear a mask and social distance while on site.

For more information on the Kern County COVID-19 Task Force hotline visit www.kchcc.org/taskforce.