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Kern County Public Health identify about 70 bar establishments that must close under governor orders

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Posted at 6:19 PM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 14:27:03-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Public Health Department officials say they have identified about 70 bar establishments that must close under Governor Gavin Newsom's order announced Sunday.

According to Newsom, bar establishments must close in Los Angeles, Fresno, Imperial, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings and Kern County.

Newsom said the order was prompted because of the rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates across the state.

Bars were allowed to reopen in Kern County on June 5. Since then, local health officials say they have not traced any outbreaks to bars.

"There has been some attention nationwide about some types of businesses being responsible for outbreaks. Locally, we have not seen that in bars," Director of Public Health Matt Constantine said.

Public Health is currently waiting for guidance on how to enforce the governor's order.

Meantime, the state has issued some exceptions for bars that serve food.

Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that provide sit-down meals may still operate, so long as they follow dine-in restaurant guidance.

For establishments that don't currently offer sit-down meals, they can contract with another vendor to do so, according to state guidance.

In either case, alcoholic beverages can now only be served when a meal is ordered.

Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free, but if have insurance they will bill
  • No screening criteria

Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 South P Street, Building 4, Access Gate 27
Mojave Veterans Hall
15580 O Street, Mojave
Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin
5th District Drive-Thru at The Prado Senior Center
2101 Ridge Road



County-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free
  • No screening criteria
  • Operating with existing provider

Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
  • For Registration call (661) 215-7725
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 8 am - 12 pm

Ridgecrest - Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest
  • For Registration: Text the word "testing" to 833-774-4968 Or Call 866-774-9984
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
  • No Drive-Thru option
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital (Coming Soon)
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa
  • No Drive-Thru option

Tehachapi - Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley
1100 Magellan Dr 93561