Kern County Public Health urging residents to get tested as latest COVID-19 numbers jump

Posted at 12:21 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 15:27:09-04

Kern County health officials are urging residents to get tested at the new federal testing site at the fairgrounds and for those who've recovered to donate convalescent plasma. This comes as the latest numbers jumped above 1,000 new cases.

County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop also warned businesses operating outside of the state guidance that strike teams are in Kern County and he said they are watching what's happening.

Questions are still swirling regarding the handling of test results and possible inaccuracies as raised by health officials but Alsop said the problems had no impact on Kern County being on the state's monitoring list.

COVID-19 Numbers

The county announced 1,067 new cases in the last 24 reporting period pushing the total number of cases to more than 18,400. More than 5,500 patients have fully recovered with another 12,500 people isolating at home. Public health announced four new deaths bringing that total now in Kern County to 139.

COVID-19 Deaths in Kern County

According to public health 11,645 of the total positive cases are in the 18 to 49-year-old age group. There are also 220 people hospitalized by COVID. Another 61 people have officially recovered from the virus bringing that total to 5,527.

While the number of people who are isolating at home went up by exactly 1,000 to 12,525. More than 105,000 or 84-percent of all tests have come back negative.

Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free, but if have insurance they will bill
  • No screening criteria

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
1102 7th Street

County-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free
  • No screening criteria
  • Operating with existing provider

Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
  • For Registration call (661) 215-7725
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 8 am - 12 pm

Ridgecrest - Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest
  • For Registration: Text the word "testing" to 833-774-4968 Or Call 866-774-9984
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
  • No Drive-Thru option
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa Wheelchair Logo
  • For Registration call (760) 379-2681 ext 267
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Wednesday - Thursday from 7 am - 2 pm.
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
  • Drive-Thru and Walk-Up<
  • Testing available for ages 5+ only; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • 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
  • Drive-Thru<
  • TTesting available for all ages; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 7 pm; Saturday 11 am – 3 pm