Phasing out California oil and gas production in service of Sacramento's goal of statewide carbon neutrality by 2045 will require difficult health and economic tradeoffs impacting Kern more than anywhere else in the state, according to a new report intended to help policymakers navigate the …
Adventist Health Bakersfield has purchased a vacant lot near Brimhall and Coffee roads at a site the organization's former president said in 2018 would be developed into a hospital to help alleviate congestion at its downtown medical center on Chester Avenue.
The news about COVID-19 vaccines has only been getting better in Kern County: Every week there are more doses, more places to get vaccinated and more locations accepting everyone.
Kern County public health authorities have partnered with members of the local Black community to produce a pair of public service announcements urging people to set aside their hesitations and get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Local health-care officials threw cold water Wednesday on any suggestion that everyone in Kern County who wants a COVID-19 vaccination will get one by summer, despite President Joe Biden's assertion the day before that government will have enough shots to inoculate all U.S. adults by the end…
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District reported Tuesday it issued more than four times as many no-burning declarations in Kern County between November and February than it did during the same period in 2020-21.
There's nothing wrong with sticking your head out the window to see if you can spot a mountain. But there's another way to check local air quality that can offer more … clarity.
Hall Ambulance rang in its 50th anniversary in a ceremony just outside its headquarters Wednesday morning. There were balloons, the ceremonial unveiling of a new logo and keys to shiny new blue-and-orange ambulances handed out to standout staffers.
On Tuesday, the Kern County Public Health Services Department unveiled what will become a major part of its mass vaccination plan: its drive-thru facility at the Kern County Fairgrounds.
Music's ability to soothe anxiety hit all the right notes this week as staff members at Adventist Health Bakersfield's Cath Lab sang a beloved hymn to a nervous patient about to undergo a medical treatment.
As COVID-19 cases ticked up perilously over the holidays, the Kern County Public Health Services Department had a secret weapon at its disposal: senior nursing students at Cal State Bakersfield on winter break.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department released a list of the locations that received doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines that are under investigation for possible allergic reactions. The department said that no adverse reactions have been reported at any local facilities.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department has set the stage for its first COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic, but the rate of vaccines will start at a trickle. That’s partially due to the fact that the county just launched its site at the Kern County Fairgrounds, but also because the c…
The Kern County Board of Supervisors heard the outline of a plan to vaccinate county residents against COVID-19 on Tuesday morning. It includes opening up the Kern County Fairgrounds for mass vaccination clinics, sending out mobile clinics and allowing state-approved local providers to admin…
On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized the slow pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the state besieged by the virus, but current state data offers little insight into how the rollout is going in Kern County.
Adventist Health Bakersfield will be offering free childhood immunizations against vaccine-preventable diseases at the following dates and sites this month:
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Julie Sprengel's name. The story has been updated to correct to error.
Hospitals have been offering the first vaccinations against COVID-19 in our community. Just as crucial as properly storing the vaccine or administering shots is the health education that accompanies them.
For the first time in the county’s history, Kern County Public Health’s Emergency Medical Services Program is implementing a new surge plan to deal with a rising number of 911 calls and COVID-19 cases straining the health care system.
Hospitals in Kern County, including Adventist Health hospitals and Mercy Hospitals, announced that they were temporarily suspending or limiting the number of elective procedures in response to a surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county.
When he had the coronavirus, Alberto Aguado spent several lonely, harrowing days in the hospital, wondering if he would come out on the other side. When he tried to breathe, he said it was as if someone had their hands around his throat.
Administrators from Dignity Health provided an update on efforts to vaccinate its staff against the COVID-19 virus, roll out the vaccine to the community and what its surge plans look like in the weeks ahead.
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospitals, including Memorial Hospital, pitched tents outside their emergency departments to accommodate a surge in coronavirus patients.
Two locally elected state lawmakers have added their names to a letter by a bipartisan group of 11 California legislators urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to reclassify restaurants as essential businesses deserving special consideration during the pandemic.
The question was bound to come up at some point: What happens when an employer tells its workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine but some don't want to?
Local hospital administrators are much better prepared than they were during the summer's COVID-19 surge, but it's a bittersweet feeling that Kern County is here again after beginning to flatten the curve.
Kern public health officials are planning to give local hospitals and health-care systems a "prominent role" in administering the county's initial supply of COVID-19 vaccinations once they become available, likely bypassing pharmacies and doctors offices until doses become more plentiful.
A doctor who worked at FPA Women’s Health clinics surrendered his California medical license after the state medical board alleged gross and repeated negligence. One patient went into cardiac arrest at a hospital and had her uterus removed, after the doctor attempted to perform an abortion w…
The biggest Thanksgiving dinner event in south Kern was a drive-thru event at Sunset Middle School on Tuesday afternoon.
The head of the United Farm Workers Foundation, while announcing Tuesday the organization had been named to a state committee helping guide the rollout of an eventual COVID-19 vaccine, asserted ag workers should be "among the first" to receive vaccinations.
As cases rise, the Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force is encouraging residents to take advantage of three free testing sites available this week.
The Valley of Hope Gala that raises money for the American Cancer Society went virtual this year. Even though it wasn't the large outdoor event it typically is, organizers say that local donors stepped up for their annual fundraiser and raised $108,000.
Narcan, also known as Naloxone, will be distributed Saturday in Taft in an effort by Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and Bakersfield Recovery Services to help people who may be at risk of an opioid overdose.
Kayla Moore was ready to graduate from Bakersfield College's registered nursing program when the coronavirus pandemic hit. She and her classmates just needed crucial clinical hours with patients — just at the time when many hospitals weren't sure whether allowing students in was a good idea.
Adventist Health announced Thursday it has appointed Daniel Wolcott, president of its hospitals in Lodi and Stockton, to oversee the organization's operations in Bakersfield, Delano and Tehachapi starting Dec. 1.
The Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force announced three new free testing sites this weekend in east Bakersfield, Arvin and Lamont.
Worried their patients may be needlessly putting off important checkups and cleanings, local dentists are trying to clear up confusion about cautionary guidance issued earlier this month by the World Health Organization.
State officials are warning recreational water users and dog owners to avoid parts of Isabella Lake where tests indicate there has been a potentially harmful algal bloom.
High temperatures are making tough jobs harder for people working outdoors in Kern County, and recently high humidity and poor air quality aren't helping.
Securing personal protective equipment has been a challenge for some local hospitals, but small- and medium-sized practices have been hit the hardest during the coronavirus pandemic, preventing many from operating.
Mary Lynn Briggs, an intensive care unit registered nurse with Dignity Health, has been through several ups and downs in her field for more than 25 years, but "it has never been this bad before."
International Medical Corps is deploying emergency medical field units, personal protective equipment and other medical supplies to support Adventist Health Bakersfield and Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley in the fight against COVID-19.
Battling COVID-19 is a joint community effort, and Adventist Health Bakersfield demonstrated that Wednesday by donating personal protective equipment to Kern Medical.
Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed Friday that Kern has been placed on a list of 34 counties where additional restrictions are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Clinica Sierra Vista announced Friday it will be working with a Nashville, Tenn.-based company to offer special training to members of its medical staff.