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Family celebrates loved one who battled COVID-19 with a drive-by parade

Family celebrates loved one who battled COVID-19 with a drive-by parade
Posted at 1:07 AM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 04:07:44-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — In a Northwest neighborhood on Sunday, cars flooded the home of 26-year-old Kandy Alcala for her welcome parade, after beating COVID-19.

"I was having fever non-stop, I couldn't breathe and I was just having a hard time with everything," said Alcala. "I was in a coma and I did have a heart attack from it."

Alcala shares she’s was hospitalized on July 4, after feeling ill for nearly a week. She never thought it was the virus and had not taken the virus seriously.

Over 20 cars fully packed the neighborhood as they all recall the moment Alcala almost didn't make it.
Alcala was even placed on a ventilator for 2.5 weeks. Her sister, who too, tested positive for the virus and says she still can’t believe she’s here.

She has this message for the community.

"I would like to bring awareness because I took COVID as a joke," Alcala said.
"So I really encourage people to wear their masks, wash their hands, stay six feet distance. So take it seriously, because I'm in a wheelchair because of it."

Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
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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
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Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
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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
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Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
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Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa Wheelchair Logo
  • For Registration call (760) 379-2681 ext 267
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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
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  • 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
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