Latino COVID-19 Task Force holding free COVID-19 testing events

Posted at 11:17 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 14:17:41-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — On Thursday Governor Gavin Newsom announced that if specific regions across the state saw their intensive care unit capacity fall under 15 percent -- they would have to go into the three week stay at home order. Over the weekend, the San Joaquin Region which Kern County is a part of hit that threshold.

Public operations like hair salons, barberships, museums, movie theaters, playgrounds, and dining - indoor and outdoor - are to cease during the shutdown. For restaurants, takeout and curbside pick-up are allowed. Local restaurants have weighed in on the order and some are saying it puts them in a difficult position.

To help get out from under the shutdown order the county needs to test. The Latino COVID-19 Task Force is holding another five free testing events starting Tuesday. The first site is at Standard Park in Oildale on the corner of East Minner and Doyle Streets. It starts at 11 a.m. and walk-ins are accepted.

There are no pre-registration requirements. Free masks will also be given thanks to Adventist Health.

Other testing events are:

  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Vallarta Supermarkets, 5951 Niles, Bakersfield, CA 93306
  • Thursday, 10 – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Leroy Jackson Park, 300 East French Street, Ridgecrest, CA
  • Friday, 11 – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Lamont General Store, 10405 Main Street (Parking Lot), Lamont, CA 93241
  • Saturday, Starts at 11 a.m., Mechanics Bank, 5151 Stockdale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93309