Doctors not collecting specimens from walk-in visits from locals

Posted at 6:16 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 21:16:55-04

KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ADDRESSED QUESTIONS THAT THE PUBLIC HAS HAD OVER COVID-19. — Kern County Public Health officials addressed questions that the public has had over COVID-19.

Spokesperson Michelle Corson sent a press release regarding concerns of severe illnesses with symptoms. In the release, she wrote that people with a cough, fever or who are having trouble breathing should talk to their doctor.

The doctor will then determine if the patient needs to be tested for coronavirus.

Westpac, Quest Diagnostics, ARUP and LabCorp are able to accept specimens for COVID-19 tests for Kern residents. Kern County Public Health is able to send local specimens to the California Department Public Health Department for testing.

According to Kern County Public Health, it is important to note that these labs will only accept specimens collected by doctors and are not collecting specimens from walk-in community members.