Bakersfield nursing home facility shares how they've been able to stay covid free

says it made changes early to stop the spread
Posted at 1:15 AM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 04:15:53-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Senior living facilities have been some of the most impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Kern County, 14-of-the-19 senior living facilities have positive cases.

The Rosewood Retirement Community in Southwest Bakersfield is one of the few with no COVID-19 cases.

With more than 100 residents the site serves as independent living, assisted living, and memory care facility.

The community's executive director, Rochelle Balaban, says they've been working hard to prevent the spread.

"We are screening all team members and other essential workers every time they come on campus," said Balaban.
"We're going through all of the covid symptoms, taking their temperatures, and making sure everybody's wearing a face mask. If they have any symptoms then they are not allowed to come on campus."

The facility says its team members don't work at any other facilities.

Officials at Rosewood also require anyone coming on to their campus to sign in, answer questions about symptoms, and have their temperature checked.

"We also chose to contract with a lab so we wouldn't have to rely solely on the local public health department to test our team members and residents," said Balaban.
Rosewood says as soon as the COVID-19 outbreak began they stopped all non-essential visits, group dining, and activities.

The Kern County Public Health Department has required all skilled nursing facilities to implement mitigation plans to prevent and control the transmission of covid.

"At this point in time, we do expect our cases to continue to keep rising and we have concerns in our community about the amount of transmission going on," said Kim Hernandez, Kern County lead epidemiologist.

During a press briefing on Thursday, health officials said despite these facilities being operated by the state, they check in daily with each skilled nursing facility to review their needs. This includes reviewing staffing, personal protective equipment needs, and their actual number of cases.

Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free, but if have insurance they will bill
  • No screening criteria

Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 South P Street, Building 4, Access Gate 27

Rosamond Library
3611 Rosamond Blvd, Rosamond CA 93560

Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin

Wasco Library
1102 7th Street

County-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free
  • No screening criteria
  • Operating with existing provider

Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
  • For Registration call (661) 215-7725
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 8 am - 12 pm

Ridgecrest - Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest
  • For Registration: Text the word "testing" to 833-774-4968 Or Call 866-774-9984
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
  • No Drive-Thru option
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa Wheelchair Logo
  • For Registration call (760) 379-2681 ext 267
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Wednesday - Thursday from 7 am - 2 pm.
Tehachapi - Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley
1100 Magellan Dr 93561

Lamont - Kern County Library
8304 Segrue Road, Lamont, CA 93241
  • For registration call 661-869-6018
  • Drive-Thru and Walk-Up<
  • Testing available for ages 5+ only; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9 am - 2 pm; Tuesday, Thursday 2 pm - 7 pm

Taft - West Side Health Care District
  • For Registration call (661) 765-1935
  • Drive-Thru<
  • TTesting available for all ages; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 7 pm; Saturday 11 am – 3 pm