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COVID-19 lung patterns show few clues for treating pneumonia

COVID-19 lung patterns show few clues for treating pneumonia
Posted at 11:36 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 14:36:14-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors are scouring medical reports from hospitals treating the sickest COVID-19 patients for the best advice.

For now, it's to use the care that is standard for severe pneumonia.

Experts see distinctive patterns of infection when looking at scans of patients' lungs.

But so far, that's offering little help in predicting which patients will deteriorate.

The new virus causes mild to moderate symptoms in the vast majority of patients. But if other countries have the same experience as China, 5% could become sick enough to need intensive care, especially seniors and others with existing health problems.

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
Mojave Veterans Hall
15580 O Street, Mojave
Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin
5th District Drive-Thru at The Prado Senior Center
2101 Ridge Road



County-Provided Sites
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Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
  • For Registration call (661) 215-7725
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  • 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
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  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
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  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital (Coming Soon)
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa
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Tehachapi - Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley
1100 Magellan Dr 93561