Public health monitoring 10 people for possible coronavirus, still no confirmed cases in county

Posted at 11:54 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 14:54:51-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Public Health is currently monitoring 10 people for coronavirus, according to a briefing Friday morning.

Public health spokesperson Michelle Corson said there are still no confirmed cases in the county. Around the state, there are 198 confirmed cases and 4 coronavirus-related deaths.

Corson said that at this time local tests are not occurring, but residents who meet the requirements for testing can have their samples submitted to a lab. Locally labs testing for coronavirus include Quest Diagnostics, Westpac, Labcore and ARUP.

These labs are testing samples submitted through doctors orders. Corson wants to remind the public that people cannot just walk into these labs and request to be tested.