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Health officials announce closure of all Kern County schools

Posted at 7:50 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 15:02:27-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Health and school officials announce temporary closure of all Kern County schools to fight against the spread of COVID-19.

According to a press release by the Kern County Public Health Department, health officials, along with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools have decided to close all Kern county public schools.

The recommendation applies to preschools and charter schools as well.

"Although there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kern County, we are recommending that all Kern County K-12 schools, preschools, and charter schools close temporarily, no later than the close of school on Wednesday, March 18, 2020," the release states.

"We are further recommending that Kern County public schools plan to reopen no earlier than Tuesday, April 14, 2020," the release states.

The announcement comes several hours after Governor Gavin Newsom said Kern County High School District is the only district of its size to remain open amid spread of the coronavirus.

"Twenty-four out of 25 of the largest district's in the state in California have already shut down. The one remaining in that group is Kern High School District, which has remained open," Newsom said during his coronavirus address Sunday.

At 7:44 p.m., county health and school officials sent 23ABC News a press release, announcing the temporary closure of schools in Kern County.