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Health officials confirm first flu-related death in the county for current flu season

Posted at 11:10 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 21:51:16-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The first flu-related death in Kern County has been reported by health officials.

"This serves as a very tragic reminder how seriously we need to take the flu. The flu can be very dangerous. Anybody can get the flu, and unfortunately, it can result in death," said Michelle Corson, spokesperson of the Kern County Public Health Services Department.

On Friday, the Kern County Public Health Services Department said it received confirmation of the first flu-related death in the county for the 2019-2020 flu season.

In a statement Matt Constantine, Director of Kern County Public Health Services, said:

“We encourage our residents to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Here are some tips health officials sent out to help stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue and properly dispose of the used tissue.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth