UPDATE: Kern County Public Heath briefing on COVID-19

Kern County Public Health
Posted at 4:33 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 19:33:22-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Public Health today reiterated that members of the board of supervisors have met to explore options to allow more detailed geographical information to be relaesed while also abiding by HIPAA laws.

There is a defined list of parameters on releasing geographical information outlined by HIPAA laws.

Michelle Corson of Kern County Public Health touched on how confusion the pending test category of the COVID-19 data can be a bit confusion.

Medical providers send Public Health that data and Public Health must wait for them to do so.

Corson also stressed that negative test results are not required to be reported to Public Healt, that information is at the discretion of medical providers as well.

Corson assures the public that Public Health follows up on all test results here in Kern County.

It was also announced today that the CDC has added additional symptons the COVID-19 including:

  • Chills
  • Shaking
  • Shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor, do not go to your doctor's office unless instructed to do so.

Corson says this is not stressed enough, but the community is encouraged to stay home, practice social distancing and wear face masks whenever you leave your house to take care of essential services.

Corson also reminded the community that the Kern County Public Health call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Monday through Sunday.