The Kern County Public Health Department has reported the first coronavirus death, according to a news release from the department.

There have been 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kern County residents and one in a non-resident.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and are saddened by this,” says Matt Constantine, Director of Kern County Public Health Services. “This is a tragic reminder of how serious COVID-19 can be and we encourage all residents to stay at home and practice social distancing when going out for essential services.”

Kern County Public Health Services recommends the following protective measures:

· Stay at home except for essential needs.

· Wash hands with soap and water often.

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Follow package instructions for proper disinfecting.

· Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick.

· Those 65 and older or other high risk groups should self-isolate.

This story will be updated

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Please, respectfully, your polite attention to left hand turns against late night red lights and/or homeless picking up trash … the important stuff.

Santosh Singh

And Senator Shannon Grove said the Virus was just a media hoax to bring down Trump. Idiot wasted many weeks of preparation time for the rest of us

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I've looked everywhere in print, online print, recorded radio and TV and well as any podcasts and the state senate records and I cannot find any evidence she said this was a hoax. So you'll need to cite the source, including date and time, if possible, otherwise you're lying.


You can do yourself a favor by ignoring the mainstream media. Remember the Democrats were strictly focused on impeachment while the COVID-19 threat was building. You will find there are no facts to verify many mainstream media claims.


I'm worried for all across the world right now ! I am worried for my health and the health of my loved ones. I wish people would take this more serious. I really wish all these school districts giving out these meals would take this serious. They are putting their employees health at risk and the health of these parents and students that are coming to get meals. Numbers and funding shouldn't be more important that the health of human life. Get together all school districts.

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Moredumb, you have obvously have never been to India. There are some villages where there aren't any young girls over the age of 5-6. Once they reach that age, they are sold by their parents into prostiution. So, their leader must not care that much about his people or he wouldn't allow that practice to continue.

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Maybe let the corpse get cold first?

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Gene Pool Chlorinator

Honestly dude, your constant Trump bashing isn't helping ANYONE right now, do you know that? People like you are a poison; where we should be coming together, all you do is continue a vain attempt to drive people apart.

I'm convinced you are just some 15 year old punk posting on mommy's laptop when she's not looking.

Some of our governors are the most brain dead "leaders" out there. Most are devoted to their special interest groups and NOT the citizens- do some research and quit getting all your news from MSNBC...

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