County gets approval from state to move forward in Phase 2

Posted at 4:34 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 22:33:43-04

The county announced Wednesday evening that the state approved its attestation to move further into Phase 2 in the governor's plan for reopening.

On Tuesday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved an attestation to apply for state approval to move forward with phase two of reopening. County officials said Tuesday that businesses and restaurants might be able to resume in-store and dine-in options as early as this weekend.

According to a report from the County Administrative Office presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon, the CAO reported the county meets the new criteria for reopening after Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement Monday.

The CAO reported that over the past seven days, the county has performed 3,552 tests with 218 positive results. These results show a positive test rate of 6.14%, meeting the governors criteria of having a positive test rate of less than 8%.

The CAO also reported that Kern County is at a stable number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19. Our seven-day-average of daily percent change in hospitalizations has been on a decrease of negative .83%, meeting another one of the governor's criteria.