COVID-19 surge testing site opens at Kern County Fairgrounds with Kevin Mccarthy's help

Surge Testing Site with Kevin McCarthy
Posted at 4:09 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 21:01:25-04

In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced the opening of a surge testing site at the Kern County Fairgrounds. He says the testing site will have quick results available within roughly 3 days as opposed to the usual two weeks.

23ABC's Kallyn Hobmann explains how it all came together.

"It doesn't matter who you are. If you're in the community, you need a test, we have an opportunity for you to get through," said McCarthy. "Because with public health, we want to make sure your health is top priority. And this is a way to get a handle on COVID."

McCarthy also told 23ABC that Bakersfield is the only city in California getting this kind of surge site. He said that this will alleviate the stress on local hospitals and labs.

“That gives us the ability to actually monitor and trace in a much stronger, safer, and get ahead of this COVID. We found that this has been very successful in other major cities.”

The testing site is one of the three main aspects he said are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“I believe the first thing you need is to be able to test, be able to trace, and be able to treat.”

Admiral Brett Giroir from the White House Coronavirus Task Force said the surge site helps Kern County complete many more tests than before.

“We are planning to be there to do up to 60,000 tests," said Giroir. "That’s up to 5,000 a day and we really are there to help you and your local public health.”

Giroir said while testing is important, face masks and social distancing will make the real difference in the end.

“The most important thing is to avoid those indoor spaces, crowded spaces because we know that can really spread. Do good hand hygiene and very important for everyone to wear a mask in public. That’s the way we turn this around."

McCarthy echoed the admiral's words: “I believe we can have the testing to know where it is, get ahead of COVID, but at the same time, wear a mask, continue to wash our hands and keep a safe distance so we keep our economy open and working."

"Testing is the cornerstone for protecting our community against COVID19. When followed by isolation and contact tracing these three actions can significantly slow the spread of the disease and diminish its impact on our residents," added Matt Constantine, Kern County Public Health Services Director.

The testing site will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 10th or until all 60,000 tests have been completed. Testing is free and open to anyone of any age although minors do need a legal guardian with them.

Congressman McCarthy said you can make an appointment online.

You can watch McCarthy's full press conference below:

Rep. Kevin McCarthy holds press conference on surge testing in Kern County

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