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Dr. Deborah Birx of the Coronavirus Task Force talks about what schools could look like in the fall

Posted at 12:12 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 15:12:44-04

As conversations continue around the return to school in the fall amid rising cases of the coronavirus Newsy reporter Amber Strong sat down with Deborah Birx of the Coronavirus Task Force about what schools could look like in the fall.

"We haven't done this before. We've done this kind of like the flu when you had a flu outbreak in a school and the school has had to close down classrooms or stop birthday parties or ask people to stop sleepovers," said Birx. "It's going to be like that but in a different way, I think. We just have to be more quickly responsive due to the amount of asymptomatic spread."

Newsy also spoke to Birx about the rise in cases throughout the country.

"So they are places that have really controlled the virus and if people continue to do what they are doing successfully they will stay in that place. But there are places like Texas, Florida, Arizona, California that haven't been as successful. In those cases, we think a lot of that spread is from bars, Indoor bars."

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