U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams visited Bakersfield on Monday, urging residents to keep hope alive during what he portrayed as the final stretches of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I know that there is a lot of fatigue,” he said. “I know it feels like this has been going on for forever, but honestly, we are I think over the hump.”

He said that the nationwide positivity rate that has fallen to around 5 percent, with the addition of the prospect of a vaccine by the end of the year or early next year, have given him hope that the worst of the pandemic is in the past. Still, he encouraged Kern County residents to continue following the common sense community health guidelines known as the “Three W’s” to bring community transmission low enough to open up the economy.

“It’s important to understand, we don’t have to wait until we get a vaccine to drive down community transmission,” he said. “If you all take the measures now to lower community spread — wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance — we could very quickly get into a better situation in safely reopening.”

Dr. Adams has traveled to different parts of the country over the last several weeks. In Bakersfield, he visited a testing site and isolation units at the Kern County fairgrounds, toured Kern Medical and held a community roundtable with local businesses, education leaders and medical professionals.

“We really need to get away from this idea of health versus the economy,” he said. “Several business owners brought up their concerns about their need to get businesses open, and I share those concerns with them. And I said, the quickest way to get businesses open is to drive down community transmission rates.”

He brought up the state of Arizona and New York City, which have seen lowered positivity rates after experiencing high levels of community spread. Even the nation’s problem areas could see significant improvements in as little as two to four weeks, he added.

The key, which was echoed at several points during a press conference held Monday at the Kern County Public Health Services Department building, was personal responsibility.

“What we’re striving for as a community, obviously is to continue to suppress the spread of the virus so we can get more of our business sectors and our schools open,” Supervisor Zack Scrivner said during the press conference. “It comes down to personal responsibility. There’s a limit to how much government can do. We need everyone to concentrate on the ‘Three W’s’ and taking this virus very seriously.”

So even though some Kern County residents have let their guard down by hosting or attending a gathering with extended family members and friends, local officials encouraged residents to follow community guidelines to beat back COVID-19 before the vaccine comes out.

“We really can make a difference. We are so close to having a big change here,” said Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh. “We want to see schools open. We want to see our restaurants open. We want to see our houses of worship open, but it is up to us together.”

You can reach Sam Morgen at 661-395-7415. You may also follow him on Twitter @smorgenTBC.

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Darwin's Bulldog

Hi Zeppo - The problem is not that the climate is changing, but that the speed at which the climate is changing is unprecedented. The vast majority of climate scientists (97-98%) have concluded that it is happening, as reported by The American Academy for the Advancement of Science (https://whatweknow.aaas.org/get-the-facts/). This also has a good overview of the ideas and knowledge base concerning Climate Change. I encourage you to read it. My professional career has focused on the biological sciences and there is much support in its research literature and my own observations for our current scientific understanding of climate change. You can be sure that your insurance company has also incorporated it into their business models.

Zeppo

Then why have scientists dug up frozen mammals which were frozen so rapidly that they were walking when it happened? Also, scientists are paid for their reports and if they reported that climate change that is occurring now, is no different than what has occurred in the past, the funding would be stopped. There is no such thing as "settled science" so they should be open to other ideas to explore rather than, as a bloc, all report the same thing. There is a book by Bjorn Lomborg entitled HOW CLIMATE CHANGE PANIC COSTS US TRILLIONS, HURTS THE POOR, AND FAILS TO FIX THE PLANET. It may answer some of our questions about all of the info we are fed.

Masked 2020

oh Zippy because you didn't ask...its all fake news.......but at least your Uncle Don has a plan....to teach us all that White-is-Right....The first person to put the specific phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” into print may have been the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In Book VI of Rousseau’s Confessions (written about 1767), he relates a version of the story, attributing the quote to “a great princess.” Although Marie-Antoinette was a princess at the time, she was still a child, so it is unlikely that she was the princess Rousseau had in mind. Since Rousseau’s writings inspired the revolutionaries, it has sometimes been supposed that they picked up on this quote, falsely credited it to Marie-Antoinette, and spread it as propaganda, as a way to rouse opposition to the monarchy. However, contemporary researchers are skeptical of such claims, having found no evidence of the quote in newspapers, pamphlets, and other materials published by the revolutionaries. Amazingly, the earliest known source connecting the quote with the queen was published more than 50 years after the French Revolution. In an 1843 issue of the journal Les Guêpes, the French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr reported having found the quote in a “book dated 1760,” which he said proved that the rumor about Marie-Antoinette was false. Rumor? Like so many of us, he was probably just repeating something he had heard.

Masked 2020

oh Zippy..... the last time anything close to what Uncle Donhas been able to do was in the 2ndWar when my day, his brother, my uncle and grandpa fought your cuzN.....UncleAdolph

Nevermind

I'll never get over the hump....

Signed, Esmerelda

Zeppo

Anyone who calls Trump an idiot after making this middle east pact is a fool. The last time any President was able to do anything close to this was 26 yrs. ago.

Zeppo

I object to using the word "hump." I think it's evocative of sexual intercourse so it should be banned..........like the "n" word. I thought it should only be used by waitresses when they ask "one hump or two" in ones coffee......

Masked 2020

what's up with Uncle Don and the tapes..........The headless body of Kim Jong Un's executed uncle was displayed to senior North Korean officials, US President Donald Trump told the author of an upcoming book on the US president.

Jang Song Thaek, the North Korean leader's uncle by marriage and a hugely powerful figure within the regime, was purged for treason and corruption in 2013, in what was widely seen as Kim mercilessly asserting his authority.

Kim "tells me everything. Told me everything," Trump told the Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward, according to his forthcoming book "Rage".

"He killed his uncle and he put the body right in the steps," Trump said, in an apparent reference to a building used by senior officials.

Veritas

Well cazones, you were a busy little posting troll in this particular comment section. Did your Russian benefactor threaten to cut off your funding if you didn’t start posting more?

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Veritas: I wonder how Rubles are doing against the US Dollar right now??

Veritas

Well, when you sell your soul it doesn’t matter....

casones

Everyone rest easy. That little hump which was a mass grave for 200,000 we made it over. By executive order of the surgeon general's king, "There will be no winter. The seasonal flu has been delayed due to the virus, so no worries. IT WAS A LITTLE HUMP! WITH ONLY 200,000 BUMPS!

casones

The United States had an offensive biological weapons program from 1943 until 1969. Then restarted the program in 2017. IT'S CHINA'S FAULT!

casones

"We are the champions, we are the champions, we are the champions of the world!" REPUBLICAN FIGHT SONG

casones

Only IV, GPC, and VEITAS will believe their King's butler. Pence said on national tv, "THIS WILL LARGELY BE BEHIND US BY LABOR DAY". The King said, "IT WILL MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR", and now the butler says, "WE ARE OVER THE HUMP". Yeah that hump with 200,000 dead, that hump!

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Cojones: How does it feel to be the real puppet of Putin?

Are you taking pay in Rubles or US dollars? Inquiring minds want to know...

Masked 2020

its just that everyone is high fiving ...with glee.... on how well heathy folks are surviving NakedDon's pandemic...and her is a lady who is there specifically there for the hearing impaired who appears to look like her next gig is the indoor rally for thousands of people in Henderson, Nevada....

casones

Fat boy deserves republicans and they deserve to see fat boy at inside in-person rallies forever!

Masked 2020

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Masked 2020

you just cant make this stuff up.. Roger's old driver is the USofA's heath messenger... ....Indicted political consultant Roger J. Stone Jr. is hoping for a big crowd when he speaks at a Friday fundraiser in Buffalo, but a long time ally will be barred from the event. Michael R. Caputo, the East Aurora consultant and commentator, said Thursday that instructions in sealed court papers stemming from Stone’s January indictment bar him from any contact with his former mentor. “Roger is not allowed to speak to me, and I want to go the event,” Caputo said before convening an airport news conference on Thursday. “But the attorneys say no.” Stone is slated to host a reception and address supporters at the 500 Pearl complex in downtown Buffalo Friday evening. The event, organized by Buffalo developer Carl P. Paladino aims to raise funds for the considerable legal expenses Stone faces stemming from the obstruction of justice, making false statements and witness tampering charges leveled by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller. Caputo said he considers the legal stipulation against associating with Stone and infringement upon his constitutional rights. He has previously recalled first meeting Stone back in 1985, and eventually worked as his driver. “He was like my big brother,” Caputo said, explaining he and Stone developed a bond that extended to their families spending holidays together.

casones

I think Ivanka and the king share that bond. She said," no big daddy, no $130k, I won't tell melania"

Masked 2020

maybe she's the signer....for the hearing impaired....but you'd think the county would provide her with one of those fancy sate of the art see through masks....just to set an example......I mean that was the whole point of this Trump2020 info-mercial

WearAMask

You’re a troll and a fool.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

I keep waiting for the TBC mods to delete these rambling nonsense posts that have nothing to do with the story, but I guess they don't care to help clean up their own Comments section...

casones

OMG! Hey Mrs. Ignorant, there are no storage limits in Chat rooms. 3 yo's understand that

casones

FOOL FOR FAT BOY, fool for fat boy, OOps. Sorry Trump lover thought I was talking to a dem.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Cojones: Proof that psychotropics aren't always your friend...

Masked 2020

what's up with the naked lady in the green dress....does she have TeaPartyPatriot Immunity?

WearAMask

I can’t believe you haven’t been banned yet

casones

ONLY YOUR KING HAS THE POWER TO BAN! Oops, what? He didn't ban travel from China? IV, VERITAS, GPC, and WEARAMASK said he did!

Zeppo

Neither can I........

Username

She appears to be a sign language interpreter. So yes, it's very important that her face be exposed in order for her to do her job.

Masked 2020

lets just hope the death count doesn't jump up later this week or it going to look like the LocalDonaphils manipulated the numbers to fit UncleDon'sMD's visit 2 the patch

Stephen

Canada has fewer COVID-19 deaths per capita than the US, Canada's west coast forests are having fewer fires than the US just south of the border? That must be part of that "socialist h*ll on Earth" the rabid right keeps ranting about if Biden is elected.

The Independent Voter

If the fires are caused by climate change, then why aren't Canada's fires burning as hit as ours?

Zeppo

.....and it's interesting that the fires don't go over the boundary lines of Canada or Mexico, isn't it? I have no doubt that some of these fires were set by Dweeb's friends, ANTIFA and BLM.

Darwin's Bulldog

The “reason” the fires don’t go over the US boundary into Canada is because the maps you are referring to only include US data. That being said, It has actually been a quiet year for fires in Canada, so far; however, since 1990, an average of 6.2 million acres burn per year. The Canadian government understands the connection between increased fire activity and climate change. Your opinion on the cause of some of these fires is based on what? We do have a huge problem with fires started by human beings, but as stressed by law enforcement in Oregon, there is no link to Antifa. Most of the anthropogenic fires I am aware of started from carelessness, stupidity, or bad luck. Vehicles are a major source of ignitions. In contrast, most of our current fires in California were the result of lightning strikes.

Veritas

Well our local SC guy making another useless comment that has no relevancy to the topic. Canada is a little bigger than the US, with a total population that is less than California’s. Give me a break.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

According to the most recent Johns Hopkins data, Canada's Case/Fatality ratio is more than double that of the US, so they are still having issues...

Masked 2020

the Scamdemic is only taking 5000 American lives a week... so that is better... time will tell......

Masked 2020

MaddogMaddow just destroyed Caputo---- you can’t believe anyone UncleDon touches to ever speak the truth……. long shadows on the ceiling...... September 14, 2020 at 1:18 p.m. PDT Everyone is talking about the insane rant that Michael Caputo, the senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services, delivered during a live video talk from his Facebook page on Sunday. Caputo, who is playing a leading role in dictating the administration’s public communications about the coronavirus pandemic, suggested that “deep state” scientists are shaping their handling of coronavirus around the deliberate goal of not allowing “America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president.” And Caputo, who admitted that his “mental health has definitely failed,” also referred to leftist “hit squads being trained all over the country,” who will enter into a shooting war to depose President Trump after he’s reelected, and advised his supporters to prepare. Everyone is understandably aghast at all this. But how far afield is it from what we hear regularly from that guy who happens to be the president of the United States? “I don’t like being alone in Washington,” he said, describing “shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows are so long.” He then ran through a series of conspiracy theories, culminating in a prediction that Mr. Trump will win re-election but his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., will refuse to concede. “And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he said. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.” He added: “If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get.”

Moardeeb

Fifty days, 50!

Moardeeb

Another Trump lackey. Over the hump my arse. We still have 1,000 deaths a day! Canada ZERO. If I had to tell lies for Trump for a living I would kill myself.

The Independent Voter

Ummm, Dweeb. What is the population difference between Canada and the US? How do the majority of people in Canada live, clustered or spread out? If you feel Canada works better for you, though, I recommend you find a basement there to hunker down in.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Correct- the population density (I told Dweeb that a couple of days ago) is nowhere near that of the US. When you're already physically distanced, it certainly doesn't hurt...

The Independent Voter

Glad you answered, GPC, because these looney libs don't respond to direct questions

Moardeeb

Oh so now you're touting protocol? I thought this was all a silly political ploy to destroy your Fuhrer. If you put Trump in charge of Canada they would be RACKED with Covid

WearAMask

We do not have 1000 deaths a day. You’re telling lies for someone.

Darwin's Bulldog

According to WHO, US deaths reported on September 17th is 940. The number fluctuates, so better to average over a week, giving an average of 832 deaths per day. The daily number reported for the last week has ranged from a low yesterday of 375 to three days with values over 1,000.

Zeppo

Canada and Mexico have fewer wildfires than the U.S. "Climate Change" can be used as an excuse for almost anything. Climate ALWAYS changes. The idiocy is that there are people who feel that if we change our way of life that it will make any difference in the climate. Even if all the other countries of the world changed, it would not change our climate. It's delusional thinking......also, the climate has been changing from cooling to heating for thousands of years. Ice core drillings have proven that.

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