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100 local coronavirus tests still pending, public health reports

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 13:56:11-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Public Health Services Department said they are currently waiting on 100 local coronavirus tests.

40 tests have returned negative, public health spokesperson Michelle Corson said in a video briefing Wednesday.

Corson also said that one test has returned "presumed-positive", an announcement that was made Tuesday. This person is not a resident of Kern County but was confirmed positive while visiting.

The same day public health announced the positive case in Kern County, officials said they received a record-breaking 700 calls into the health department. Public health said many of these calls were in regards to COVID-19.

Public health said that so far it has been notified of 30 travelers who met the requirements for the monitoring program. Those 30 travelers either traveled through Iran or China, and returned through one of the 11 U.S. airports flagged as a hotspot.

Of those 30 people who entered the monitoring program, 22 have been cleared as either not requiring to be monitored or completed the 14-day monitoring period.

Corson said if residents are feeling symptoms, they need to contact their healthcare provider who will determine whether or not they need to get tested.