Despite rumors Public Health officials said there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Kern County

Kern County Department of Public Health Building
Posted at 11:56 AM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 16:32:17-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to Kern County Public Health there are still no confirmed coronavirus cases in Kern County despite several rumors that are circulating.

Michelle Corson, the spokesperson for the Kern County Public Health Department, they are still monitoring only ten people for the virus.

Corson said that monitoring is separate from people who are being tested.

According to Corson, "If someone is being tested, they become a person under investigation (PUI) and require isolation until test results come back in."

Corson said they are testing several people but,"Like the flu, we don't track the number of tests, just positive cases that the lab tells us first."

We will continue to work alongside the Health Department to bring you the very latest from what is transpiring within the county.

Public Health issued the following statement below today about staying calm:

"We know our community is feeling stress and confusion about the potential impacts of #COVID19. There have been no locally confirmed cases and there is no known community spread. Our risk remains low. Public Health and our community partners have been preparing for weeks and are committed to keeping you informed and provide guidance on actions you should take as this evolves. Enjoy this weekend and take simple steps to protect yourselves: Clean your hands often, Avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home if your sick, cover coughs & sneezes, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily."

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