Virus reshapes special contest for Maryland seat in Congress

Virus reshapes special contest for Maryland seat in Congress
Posted at 1:34 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 16:34:48-04

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland is holding a special election with just three polling centers open in a race dramatically reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.

Former NAACP head Kweisi Mfume is the Democratic nominee facing Republican challenger Kimberly Klacik in Tuesday's election for the seat opened by the death last October of Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Election officials mailed out roughly 484,000 ballots to 7th District voters, encouraging everyone to vote by mail by day's end to reduce the risk of infection.

More than 85,000 votes were mailed in before Election Day.

The vote was going to be exclusively by mail, but limited in-person voting was allowed to accommodate the homeless and disabled. 

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