Public Health: More than 300 Kern County residents have COVID-19 tests pending


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — More than 550 tests of Kern County residents for COVID-19 have been completed, according to Kern Public Health.

Currently, there are 335 pending tests and there have been 202 negative tests, according to the Kern County Public Health Services Department website. There have been 15 confirmed cases in Kern County so far, one of whom is not a local resident. Four people are currently in the monitoring program.

During a video briefing, Public Information Officer Michelle Corson said Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is now doing drive-through testing for COVID-19. Only residents who are symptomatic should seek testing, Corson said. 

Corson said many Kern County residents have been calling the department or visiting the website to get information about the coronavirus.

The department has received more than 3,000 calls and the website has seen 76,514 visits this month, a significant increase over the total 6,822 visits it had last March.

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