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Homeless person utilizing services at The Mission at Kern County tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 8:58 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 19:07:24-04

The Mission at Kern County is reporting its first case of the coronavirus. On Thursday, officals with The Mission confirmed with 23ABC that a homeless person utilizing its services tested positive for COVID-19. The Mission says the person tested positive Monday and was immediately taken to receive medical attention.

The person will be releasing the patient and they will be transported to the designated FEMA trailer at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

Carlos Baldovinos, executive director of The Mission said, "“We knew this was a possibility, and even a likelihood, as the virus became more and more widespread throughout our county and city. Thankfully, we have been implementing numerous practices and policies to keep our campus, our guests, and our staff as safe as possible, including frequent sterilization of all facilities, wearing of masks, new meal protocols, virtual support services, and much more.”

The Mission says it has implemented a number of new protocols to help battle COVID-19. The Mission says it will now require everyone who is in its residential programs to "remain on property at all times in order to limit the possible impact to both our guests and staff and the surrounding neighborhoods."