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Ridgecrest Regional Hospital confirms second positive COVID-19 case from collected sample


March 27, 2020

RIDGECREST, Calif. (KGET) — Ridgecrest Regional Hospital confirmed Friday a second person has tested positive for COVID-19 from a sample collected there.

The hospital’s CEO, Jim Suver, said they expect to see more cases as community spread of the coronavirus is “likely occurring in Kern County,” according to a statement.

Leslie O’Neill, RN Infection Preventionist at the hospital, said to stop the spread of the virus people must continue to stay at home unless it is “absolutely necessary” and to wash hands and use hand sanitizers after touching potentially infected surfaces.

Suver said Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has enough intensive care unit beds and ventilators for the community and urges residents to follow recommended health guidelines from local and state health officials.

The hospital said it will no longer announce every positive COVID-19 result collected there, but will update the community on significant developments and encourages residents to follow updates from Kern County Public Health officials for the latest data on the coronavirus.


March 26, 2020

RIDGECREST, Calif. (KGET) — Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has confirmed it received a positive COVID-19 test result from a patient.

It’s unclear where the patient is currently being treated or if the patient is recuperating at home.

In a video statement posted to its website Thursday, hospital CEO Jim Suver said it made the announcement out of transparency and assured the community the hospital is prepared to treat a possible surge in cases there.

Suver encouraged residents to continue practicing guidelines and recommendations to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Those include social distancing, washing hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds and staying home if you feel sick.

He said the hospital currently has enough ventilators and intensive care rooms to treat a possible outbreak in Ridgecrest.

You can view the statement at this link.

As of Thursday afternoon, Kern County officials confirmed 32 COVID-19 cases in the county and one case to a non-resident.

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