People in Kern County diagnosed with COVID-19 who are managing the illness at home can participate in a clinical trial to test the efficacy of a common anti-inflammatory drug in reducing hospitalizations and death from the coronavirus.

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As Kern County's hospitals finally see a reprieve from the deluge of COVID-19 patients this summer, local medical professionals and administrators are bracing themselves for flu season.

In a year of canceled and postponed events, California Living Museum has given Bakersfield an early Christmas present. The popular HolidayLights at CALM will take place this year as drive-thru experience.

While many events have been forced to cancel this year, it seems art will triumph — at least while safely outdoors. Bakersfield Museum of Art announced its Via Arté Italian Street Painting event will take place next month at The Marketplace. 

An effort in recent weeks to boost blood plasma donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19 infections has increased local supply of one of the few therapies available to fight the virus.

The Kern County Public Health Services Department announced Tuesday 180 new people had contracted COVID-19, a daily number that was lower than several recent days. The department said 12 people had died from the virus, one of the higher amounts Public Health has announced in a single day.