Kern County Board of Supervisors approves $25 gift cards for COVID tests

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 14:28:50-05

During the Tuesday morning meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved a plan to provide residents a gift card for getting tested for COVID-19.

The plan allows for each person to receive a $25 Visa gift card. However, the individuals receiving the gift card must be in the 35 lowest quartile census tracts and are limited to one card per person per day. That means a family of four could earn $500 over a workweek if everyone gets tested each day.

The hope is to increase COVID-19 testing in the county to better meet state testing requirements. Distribution of the cards will be handled by Kern County Public Health.

A total of 12,000 cards will be handed out at a cost of $360,000. Funding for the plan will be handled through the CARES Act.