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New COVID-19 testing sites coming as virus impacts county employees

Ryan Also, Public Health Briefing
Posted at 11:28 AM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 20:03:22-04

Several Kern County employees have reportedly been exposed to the coronavirus and are isolating for 14 days, county officials announced Monday.

Kern County Public Health Director Matt Constantine said he was not exposed but added he is taking precautionary measures.

According to the county, there were 32 new positive cases of COVID-19. Officials say that is staying consistent with an average of 30 per day.

During their Monday health briefing, the county announced there are currently nine testing sites in the works, either open now or opening up this week.

The state is operating three sites: the Richard Prado Senior Center in East Bakersfield, the Kern County Fairgrounds, and Mojave Veterans Hall. Sites will be opening this week will include Arvin, Oildale, Taft, Delano, Kern Valley, and Ridgecrest.

The county website has a link for the locations and eventually a map.

Ryan Alsop, the Kern County chief administrative officer, said the county is also looking for an accelerated move through Phase Two and they are working with the state to see how they might facilitate that move as the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in Kern County continues to grow.

Monday morning public health reporting 759 people have recovered from the virus. Still, 1,296 people have tested positive including 10 nonresidents. There have been 15 reported deaths in Kern County.

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