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Public Health announces new ambulance strike teams and federal funding for COVID-19 testing

Posted at 11:50 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 15:00:41-04

The Kern County Health Department announced the county is set to receive state and federal assistance in the form of ambulance strike teams and funding for local COVID-19 testing.

As of Tuesday Kern County was put on the state's monitoring list and they believe that the governor's order will apply in Kern starting Friday morning.

The federal government is in a contract with a company called eTrueNorth, which is going to help with surge COVID testing in Kern. They are looking at setting up one to three sites, with one officially approved. It is said a site could help test around 60,000 people.

The state is also going to be sending two ambulance strike teams to Kern. It will be comprised of five ambulances and 11 staff members.

The CEO of Kern Medical said they are working on getting approved ICU staffing to be allowed to go over capacity, especially in staffing nurses.

In addressing the Kern Recovers program they stated they have spent the total $25 million in the forgivable loan program. The average loan was $29,400 and it helped 806 businesses.