UPDATE: Surge capacity COVID-19 testing site coming to Kern County Fairgrounds on Wednesday


UPDATE (July 27) — Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced that the surge testing site approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be located at the Kern County Fairgrounds.


Congressman McCarthy says the testing site will become available beginning Wednesday.

The introduction of surge testing in Bakersfield marks an important milestone in our efforts to mitigate COVID-19 locally. Now, not only will our community have increased testing capabilities at no additional cost due to federal assistance, but this testing will become available to the public in two days. I am grateful to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Kern County Public Health Department, the Trump Administration, and the State of California for recognizing this important need, and I remain committed to ensuring that our community and state have the necessary resources to manage this pandemic.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Testing at the surge locations is available to individuals five years and older. Those experiencing symptoms; those who believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19; and anyone who is worried about possibly having the virus can get tested at the site. People who are not residents of the community may also get tested at the site.

These surge sites rely on a separate network of labs for processing and will help clear the backlog of tests causing delays locally.

Testing is the cornerstone for protecting our community against COVID19.  When followed by isolation and contact tracing these three actions can significantly slow the spread of the disease and diminish it’s impact on our residents.

Kern County Public Health Department Director, Matt Constantine

WASHINGTON D.C. (KGET) — The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has approved surge capacity for COVID-19 testing in Bakersfield, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced on Twitter.

McCarthy said that means that facilities will be able to ramp up more testing in Kern County at no cost and that it could start immediately.

“It worked in Jacksonville, and I’m glad to work with the Trump Admin to bring results to my hometown,” he said.

This article will be updated once more information becomes available.

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