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Kern County Public Health Department hold press conference outlining Kern's COVID-19 response.

Kern County Public Health
Posted at 11:40 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 14:40:13-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Department of Health today announced three more cities they are working on getting testing clinics in including Taft, the Kern River Valley and Arvin.

These clinics will conduct COVID-19 testing at no cost.

The health department also discussed the elusive subject of pending tests on their COVID-19 tracker updated daily by 10 a.m.

Pending tests consist of negative and positive tests that have yet to be reported.

This category is made up of mostly negative tests, and is expected to increase moving forward.

Pending tests : anytime a doctor is suspected case, they test you, anytime that case is positive, it is then indicated on website

On the subject of the Kingston Healthcare Center, as of today there are 35 residents and 35 staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to these positive cases, the healthcare center has suffered from a lack of available staff, over the last few weeks, the California Health Department has sent 28 additional staff members to aid the facility, and are expected to send an additional seven in the coming weeks.

Gov. Newsom's stay at home and limited business activity orders were reiterated in this update, while also being stated that any business here in Kern County that reopens before these orders are lifted, are doing so at their own risk.

Although here in Kern people will net be getting arrested or fined, but it's important to remember that orders given by the governor are law.

As of today, it has been reported that nearly 33 million people have become unemployed in the last seven weeks, nearly three-fourths of the states workforce.

In the next two years it is projected that California will suffer from the affects of COVID-19 in a major way, garnering a 54 billion deficit and an unemployment rate of 18%, the current unemployment rate here in Kern County.

Lastly, Bakersfield's Homeless Navigation Center has been built and is ready to be opened, taking on their first clients starting next week.

The first clients accepted will be those directly affected by COVID-19.

The center will implement all around services to get these clients to a sustainable way of living.

Check here for more information.