Kern County Public Health officials confirmed two more case of the coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the local total to 15.

All but one of the 15 cases are located in the Bakersfield area. The other is in an area west of Bakersfield.

The first known case of coronavirus was reported in Kern County on March 17 in a visitor to the county. That person is not counted among the 15 local cases. 

In a morning video briefing Tuesday, county health services spokeswoman Michelle Corson encouraged people to only seek testing if they have symptoms of the virus. 

She also said drive through testing is now available at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

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Boogerface Nutter

North Korea says they have no cases which is almost certainly a lie. No real news comes out of that place.

Boogerface Nutter

There are 15 confirmed cases. That would compute to about 150 walking around who are not recognized.

Keep distance, stay smart, stay safe.

REMUDA

It's 39 POS in Ventura . . . so BFD . . . ! Y'all are still going 'out' to 'wherever ' . . . buying gas ($2.59 Costco) . . . and ignoring those who already have the flu . . . oh yeah THAT's still here . . . !

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2020/03/24/coronavirus-california-cases-ventura-county-tests-covid-19/2913683001/?utm_source=vcstar-Daily%20Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_briefing&utm_term=hero

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Boris25

Vavoom, your lack of knowledge is breathtaking. You obviously don't know Korea is divided into North and South. So, you want President Trump to "follow North Korea's Practice" where the government restricts all civil and political liberties, including freedom of expression, assembly, association, and religion. It also prohibits all organized political opposition, independent media, civil society, and trade unions.

The government routinely uses arbitrary arrest and punishment of crimes, torture in custody, and executions to maintain fear and control over the population. The government and security agencies systematically extract forced, unpaid labor from its citizens— including women, children, detainees, and prisoners—to build infrastructure, implement projects, and carry out activities and events extolling the ruling Kim family and the Workers’ Party of Korea

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Boris25

You are breathtakingly ignorant, you obviously don't realize there is a difference between South and North Korea. So, you want President Trump to "follow North Korea's practice" where the government restricts all civil and political liberties, including freedom of expression, assembly, association, and religion. It also prohibits all organized political opposition, independent media, civil society, and trade unions.

The government routinely uses arbitrary arrest and punishment of crimes, torture in custody, and executions to maintain fear and control over the population. The government and security agencies systematically extract forced, unpaid labor from its citizens— including women, children, detainees, and prisoners—to build infrastructure, implement projects, and carry out activities and events extolling the ruling Kim family and the Workers’ Party of Korea. Why not brush up on a little knowledge before making a post.

Boris25

Went last night to pick up groceries i had ordered online from the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Allen Road. When i pulled into the parking area I was surprised to see numerous groups of people sitting on the patio of the Rancho Grande Mex Grill eating and drinking. This is a prime example of why the Coronavirus is continuing to spread in Bakersfield. Idiots!

Kathy

Many have breathing issues in Kern County. Those with COPD, Valley Fever and Asthma. They need to be responsible and stay away from all viruses. However, you all need to get out and stop watching news all day. Get some exercise and don't be sedentary. It's important to have good health. Don't panic and be a fearmonger. This Chinese virus will spread and it will die like every other. Not everyone will need a hospital bed. This panic is disproportionate to the virus. The difference from the flu is less fatalities. No more than two weeks and we need to get back to work.

THISandTHAT

Oh, Kathy. I'm so glad we have experts like you, people who regurgitate what they watch on Fox. Chinese virus...nice. Two weeks and it's over...nice. You have no idea what you are talking about and my hope is those in your "inner circle" realize your thinking and keep you 2x arms length. If not more.

yorkies2014

what is that big 1000 hospital bed boat doing in the Port of Los Angeles? its probably nothing.....

Gene Pool Chlorinator

It's called being prepared moron.

But since Trump ordered it, you have to be against it don't you?

Veritas

Actually, Moonbeam 2.0 requested it. That make it better now yorkster?

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Veritas, correct- Gavin requested, it was approved by Trump.

If Trump was as much of a partisan as some here, he would've told Gavin to pound sand.

#OneAmerica

bakodon

OK people...where do these individuals live, have they be quarantined, ditto for family...I believe Kern County Health dept owes u more than they are now telling us!!!!!

All Star

I agree. And the KCHD needs to report EVERY place they have been for the past 2 weeks. Stores. Restaurants. Banks. Schools. Home improvement stores. Gas stations. Dry cleaners. Doctor's offices. The people of Kern County deserve to know!!!

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Patricia Edna

Seriously! They’re probably part of why there’s no toilet paper in the stores.

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All Star

And you need to learn what sarcasm is. You are making a fool of yourself.

Mrknowitall

My thick-headed brethren miss the point—AGAIN!

Why is the test being given in Ridgecrest when we have a population of 400k???

Besides—Bako locked down waaaay too late. It’s here it’s spreading and fully 40,000 people are going to die here in the next 3-4 months. Period. Just because of lazy Dust Bowl era ignorance calling the shots. Ya reap what you sow. Embrace it.

THISandTHAT

I agree that Bakersfield locked down too late. I also think the # of reported cases we have now is no way reflective of the actual # out there. So many stories of people with dry coughs, fever, who have been exposed to a number of people being told to just come in if it gets worse -- no test for COVID-19.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

40,000 are going to die here in the next 3-4 months?

If there's an ignorant comment, that takes the cake.

Please give me your source for this one Knownothingatall...

Veritas

Now, now GPC. Those that lose their mental faculties have to get attention somehow, so they ramble on in a disjointed manner. He is the source by the way since he is also probably the Director of the CDC.

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