A handful of Kern County elementary schools have expressed interest in a waiver program to allow on-site instruction as the upcoming school year gets underway, but the chances of approval are slim since local COVID-19 cases are among the highest in the state right now, according to county he…
Delays in statewide coronavirus reporting have impacted Kern County’s testing rates and hindered efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, the county Public Health Services Department said in a news release Wednesday.
The Kern County Administrative Office hopes to use unspent money from the previous fiscal year to help soften the financial blow that departments hit hard by coronavirus can expect going into fiscal year 2020-21.
Whether it's socioeconomic status, underlying health issues or a tradition of multigenerational housing, COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact the local Latino community.
Adam Black, a 17-year-old Centennial High senior, loves the stage. In his sophomore year, he was nominated for a PEAAK Award for his portrayal of the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz" — a role his drama teacher, Alicia Hammons, said was a perfect fit for Black because he "is a total ham."
The city of Bakersfield has issued 14 COVID-19 special event permits to businesses and 19 others were going through the review process as of Friday.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department announced four more coronavirus deaths and 547 more cases Saturday morning.
A video released Saturday by Rep. Kevin McCarthy reminds the public that a free coronavirus surge testing site has been set up at the Kern County Fairgrounds.
At least three teams of National Guard health care workers are assisting hospitals in Kern County and more are expected soon at other area hospitals as part of a state effort to provide additional support to COVID-19 hot spots.
Kern County officials are calling on those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma in a new effort aimed at saving lives of those hospitalized with the virus.
As coronavirus continues to spread in Kern County, a federal surge testing unit arrived in Bakersfield on Wednesday. In a press conference announcing the opening of the facility, U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and others expressed hope that the federal site could help local officia…
Amtrak has suspended and altered several of the routes on its Thruway Bus Network that have been impacted from reduced ridership since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Eight Central Valley counties will receive $52 million from the state to fight a coronavirus surge disproportionately affecting California’s interior, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday.
As the local coronavirus outbreak stretches into its fifth month, healthcare providers are urging people not to skip routine visits to the doctor. Whether it's for a chronic condition— like diabetes or high blood pressure — or preventative care — such as childhood vaccines and annual mammogr…
From outside the sliding glass doors of an ICU room on the third floor of Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, nurse Jaclyn Moore peered in at a patient.
In late April, when the coronavirus was just getting a foothold in Kern County and local hospitals were empty, two respiratory therapists who work for Adventist Health Bakersfield headed to New York City.
Has anybody else had trouble making sense out of the cascade of shifting advice and orders of what to do about this COVID thing? I feel like a pingpong ball in an international tournament. “Do this!” “No, do that!” And no matter what the order is, it is always announced in the most serious, …
As Bakersfield's hospitals fill up with COVID-19 patients, the work of the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and others who care for the sick has become exhausting and overwhelming. With COVID-19 raging throughout Kern County, these workers describe arriving to work each day to find mo…
The Kern County Public Health Services Department announced 832 new COVID-19 cases Saturday morning, continuing the surge that has been seen in recent days. No new deaths were reported.
As hospitals reach capacity in their intensive care units, the Kern County Board of Supervisors will consider a plan during Tuesday’s meeting that could increase the number of patients who could be treated locally.
At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Kern County businesses will likely be subjected to another round of business restrictions that are already underway in more than 30 other counties in California.
An astounding 1,120 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Kern County Wednesday, a nearly tenfold increase over the number of daily cases reported in recent weeks.
In an effort to save lives and help critically ill COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, Houchin Community Blood Bank is seeking people who have had the virus to donate plasma.
Ten more people have died and more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus in Kern County were reported Wednesday morning, as cases continue a rapid ascent locally.
Hospitals in Bakersfield in recent days have asked local public health officials to initiate a process to find additional workers as spiking rates of COVID-19 strain staffing levels at some facilities and others are preparing for an anticipated surge to hit soon.
Local landlords have begun feeling the pinch of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s eviction moratorium. Since March 4, the state has prevented landlords from evicting tenants in an effort to allow vulnerable populations to self-quarantine.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 495 new COVID-19 cases Saturday morning. Also Saturday, the county was "flagged" by the state for not meeting metrics regarding cases.
Remdesivir, a therapy for critically ill COVID-19 patients, is in short supply and as the number of patients hospitalized with the virus climbs in Kern County, doctors must make difficult choices about which patients receive it.
So much is up in the air right now but when it comes down to it, everybody needs to eat. While many wait in lines for groceries, others are turning to restaurants to cook up some comforting dishes. Even amid further restrictions, these dining establishments want to both keep us fed and keep …
The beginning of this week has been a roller coaster ride for businesses wondering if they'll be allowed to remain open as coronavirus cases increase throughout the state.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department will begin developing a convalescent plasma donation program after a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Kern County will likely be required to dial back its reopening this weekend, earning a brief reprieve from expanded business restrictions that prohibit indoor activity at certain businesses in more than two dozen other counties.
Four months after the first COVID-19 case was detected in Kern County, the virus is building momentum, straining hospitals, creating high demand for testing and claiming an average of one death a day now.
An incoming detainee at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield tested positive for coronavirus, according to lawyers involved in a class-action lawsuit against the government agency.
Eight more deaths from COVID-19 and 216 new cases of the virus were reported by the Kern County Public Health Services Department Friday morning, marking three straight days of new case counts over 200.
Houchin Community Blood Bank already has a tough time getting people through the door to donate blood when there's not a pandemic, but now it's facing another challenge: getting those who have recovered from the coronavirus to donate convalescent plasma.