New surge testing location opening at Mercado Latino

COVID-19 Surge Testing Site at Kern County Fairgrounds
Posted at 6:37 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 21:40:38-04

Kern County Public Health announced that surge testing has been extended in the county by 12 more days.

Public Health is now teaming with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer another location for testing this weekend in addition to the fairgrounds. A location to hopefully reach local Latinos who, according to Public Health, are the most affected by COVID-19, nearly 33% of all COVID-19 cases locally are Hispanic or Latino.

"Latinos, a lot of Latinos, especially in the restaurant industry, are essential workers, lots of jobs that Latinos have are essential, and they have to go to work, you can use PPE while at work, but when you're at home it's a different story, you come to your family." said the President of Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Jay Tamsi.

The testing site will be available at the Mercado Latino at 2105 Edison Highway on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pre-registration is required, but a limited amount of walk-ups will be accepted. For more information click here.