Kern County public health officials on Friday confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at a Bakersfield nursing home that has infected 16 residents and 25 staff members.

It was unclear whether any of the 41 who were living or working at 184-bed Kingston Healthcare Center, located at 329 Real Road, have required hospitalization or died.

A receptionist at the nursing home referred questions to a corporate email address whose intended recipient did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The outbreak is the first publicly confirmed in Kern County, where public health officials have released relatively few details about local COVID-19 cases.

The outbreak-confirmation email suggested the statement was released in response to a specific inquiry from KGET-TV 17.

The county said it met with all local skilled nursing facilities in February to help them prepare for the pandemic. It said topics of instruction included patient intake, sanitization, visitations and group eating.

"We had a follow-up meeting with all skilled nursing facilities in mid-April and re-reviewed all of the prior topics, as well as the proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment)," the Kern County Public Health Services Department said in a news release Friday afternoon.

It said the county has been in communication with the California Department of Public Health and that it confirmed the cases.

"Given the number of positive cases within such a vulnerable population, Kern County Public Health has been in routine communication with CDPH and Kingston regarding the situation," the release stated.

It said the county health department has taken these steps at Kingston, which the agency referred to as Kingston Nursing Home:

● Daily, on-site assessments and support to the state health department on measures for protecting residents and slowing COVID-19's spread.

● Helping staff the facility with volunteer workers; it said at least two local volunteers will be on-site help care for patients and one Kern County Emergency Medical Services provider has been helping cover staffing shortages.

● Delivering protective equipment and testing supplies and training staff how to use it properly.

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(7) comments

REMUDA

Yawn . . . COVID . . . uh . . . whut . . . Nineteen . . . uh . . . ?

Well, flu season is over . . . Corona, HIV, STD's, PTSD's, TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) . . . zip, nada, zero . . . ANALYZE THE EXCRUCIATING HEXX OUT OF IT, IF YEE MUST . . . BUT . . .

Martial Law has been UNCONSTITUTIONALLY DECLARED by the next recalled governor . . . CA's most 'in y'all's face "man of the hour . . .

Gruesome Newsom . . . !

Open EVERYTHING . . . !

THE CURE IS WORSE THAN THE 'AFFLICTION' . . . (except getting a new Guv)

Most people already practice (& have practiced) so-called "Social Distancing" for eons (especially those of us who newly experienced those 'new age' greeting/departing arm-wrestling 'huggies' only decades ago).

. . . but . . . 'ya can't argue with "stupids" (libs) . . . !

They have too much experience at being "stupids" . . . !

Moardeeb

Dang Liberals with their readin, writin, grammar, maths, and facts!

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Of which you have none...

And you're a leftist, not a liberal- BIG difference between the two...

Terry McGuire

Talk to me in a year. If you have survived it.

Klepanga

We need to stop visitors from entering these facilities. There should be a way to visit through windows with two way speakers until both a vaccine and a stable test can be defined. Until then many people will be vulnerable. By the way this virus is NOT the flu. SARS-CoV-2 exhibits a nasty cytopathic effect of agglutination of red blood cells along with a immune response that is on par with auto immune disease! A Cold or Flu does neither of these things! DNA sequencing reveals DNA from HIV and there are at least 4 sequences that have been either been artificially integrated in to the virus or were naturally integrated which statistically is near impossible? The main problem is the "S" Protein on the SARS-CoV-2 that attaches itself on to the ACE-2 Receptor of the Human Cell? This allows the virus to enter the human cell at will! That means there will have to be a protein inhibitor like those used to treat HIV/AIDS along with a vaccine!! My belief is that there are two strains of the same virus or that people may have ACE-2 Receptors that are slightly different in Molecular Geometry/shape or do not have as many of these receptors and is genetic or both. Pray that there will be people smart enough who will try to understand the science of this virus instead of taking Political sides and deliberately getting close to others to show them this is just a hoax or another flu? I assure you this is NOT the flu!

Brian Scott

[huh]

fasten your seatbelts, Kern County. the ride is about to get very bumpy.

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a month ago, President Trump said that anyone who wanted a Corona Virus test could get one. It wasn't true at the time. But that is changing for Kern, starting next week. .................................................................... ............................................................. Beginning Monday or Tuesday, ANYONE who wants to be tested for the virus can go to one of 7 test stations and get tested. You don't need a note from a physician. You don't need to show symptoms. you don;t even need to have been in contact with someone who is infected. You will need to make an appointment, though, and have some ID to show who you are. ................... .............................................................

This is a major change from the situation today, and for the last 8 weeks. Up to now, we have only had enough tests to test folks that we pretty much suspected were infected, or for people willing to pay for their own tests. We have only tested about 11,000 out of 920,000 residents. Barely 1%; averaging around 100 per day since the end of January. That will multiply to 400 per day next week, and 700 per day a couple weeks after that. In two months or sooner we will have enough tests to know how widespread the virus is. ............................................................. .............................................................

This is my guess: we are going to find out that over 40% of the county (360,000 people) has been infected, 35 times as many as are being reported, and 80% never got any symptoms. That's actually good news. That means we can start to open back up. But it also means that the elderly and the vulnerable are going to have to stay in lock-down.

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JR

What now? Are residents of and visitors to Bakersfield going to have to be even more vigilant about keeping their distance and always wearing a mask?

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