Kern County Public Health Thursday briefing recap

Kern County Department of Public Health Building
Posted at 11:29 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 15:01:36-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County Public Health Thursday briefing recap.


  • Federal testing at the fairgrounds ends Friday, August 21st.
  • With the number of people being tested going down, Public Health encourages residents to go get tested.

Board of Supervisors

  • Approved personal protective equipment distribution to CAPK partnership, giving it to community members who may not be able to get it otherwise.
  • Approved a $1 million grant for nonprofits through the Kern Recovers program, applications will be available on their website on the 1st of September.


  • Unfortunately, the number of deaths related to COVID-19 has increased over time. Due to the higher number, Public Health is hoping to be able to explore options that could potentially provide new information regarding the virus, most likely not on a daily basis but at different intervals.

Houchin Plasma Donations

  • Since July 27th there have been 182 donors, 674 units of plasma donated, and they do not have any outstanding plasma orders as of Tuesday.

ICU Capacity

  • Most hospitals in Kern County are at or exceed their capacity and ICU beds are limited.
  • 20% of ICU beds are supposed to be available, Kern is at 17.7% available as of Thursday.

Public Health stated they will keep preparing for what the model is predicting.