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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."