County cooling centers staying closed for now to prevent possible COVID-19 spread

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The first hot weather days of the season have arrived but cooling centers in the county are not quite ready to open.

The county said Wednesday cooling centers are being kept closed for now to minimize risk of exposing vulnerable populations to the new coronavirus.

The California Department of Public Health released guidelines for cooling centers to open. They are similar to guidelines for businesses just now reopening and include things like checking temperatures and screening for symptoms before entering, cleaning protocols and social distancing guidelines.

On Thursday, Kern County officials said they are currently working on plans to open centers and will release details soon.

If you are concerned about a senior’s safety during extreme heat, you can call the 24-hour Adult Protectvie Services line at 661-868-1006.

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