County  declares  health  emergency

County declares health emergency

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors ratified the proclamation of a local health emergency at Tuesday’s meeting, following a request publicly announced by public health officials during a Monday press conference. As communities around the country brace for a “surge” — the anticipated spike in . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We are fortunate in our community’

‘We are fortunate in our community’

Rebecca Neipp

As concerns surrounding COVID-19 outbreaks continue to disrupt nearly every sector of the community, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin said that his team is equipped to maintain public safety. “We are very fortunate in this community,” he said. For years, external emergency service agencies have . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital urges continued caution

Hospital urges continued caution

Rebecca Neipp

With confirmation of a third positive test result of COVID-19 from Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, and county cases ticking up into triple digits, RRH Chief Executive Officer Jim Suver encouraged residents to continue limiting their personal interactions in an attempt to “flatten the curve.” “I think . . . Read Full Story >>

Congress passes  $2 trillion in aid

Congress passes $2 trillion in aid

Rebecca Neipp

A historic $2 trillion package was passed by congress and signed by the president last week in an attempt to bring relief to communities, businesses and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At press time, the U.S. saw coronavirus cases ballon up above 240,000, giving . . . Read Full Story >>

John’s  Pizza  burglars  thwarted

John’s Pizza burglars thwarted

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police arrested two would-be burglars early Tuesday morning who were reportedly in the process of stealing property from John’s Pizza on Ridgecrest Boulevard. According to Ridgecrest Police Department reports, officers responded to an alarm call at John’s around . . . Read Full Story >>

Times of uncertainty call for our best

The word “crisis” may now carry new meaning. A mere three months ago, families and friends were gathering around Christmas trees singing carols and exchanging gifts. A booming economy was ushering in optimism for a New Year. By the end of January, the scene had . . . Read Full Story >>

School sites will not reopen this term

School sites will not reopen this term

Rebecca Neipp

Schools in the Indian Wells Valley will finish out the year with the current home-learning model, as increasingly strict directives from California officials finally take off the table a return to campuses this spring. Although the Kern County Superintendent of Schools officially made the announcement . . . Read Full Story >>

College reports response to COVID-19

College reports response to COVID-19

Submitted by AMBER REED Cerro Coso Community College Cerro Coso Community College is much like the rest of the country’s educational institutions, when it comes to the next steps and decisions for its campuses in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Within the past two weeks . . . Read Full Story >>

County declares state of emergency

County declares state of emergency

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors ratified the proclamation of a local health emergency at Tuesday’s meeting, following a request announced by public health officials during a Monday press conference. As communities around the country brace for a “surge” — the anticipated spike in demand . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools now closed until May 5

Schools now closed until May 5

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District announced this week that, after consulting with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, campus closures have been extended until May 5. Superintendent Dr. David Ostash sent out a message to staff, students and parents that, after consulting with the . . . Read Full Story >>

Isolation strains small businesses

Isolation strains small businesses

Rebecca Neipp

As critical industries struggle to continue services during Gov. Newsom’s executive order for Californians to stay at home, those deemed “non-essential” battle for their very survival. Last week’s “shelter in place” directive (covid19.ca.gov) ordered Californians to stay in their homes, making allowances to leave only . . . Read Full Story >>

Are you "essential?"

Are you "essential?"

The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last Friday for all Californians to stay home in order to slow contagion and outbreaks of COVID-19. For guidance on what jobs are exempt, see covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf. . . . Read Full Story >>

Abuse  hotlines  remain  active

Abuse hotlines remain active

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County District Attorney’s office issued a reminder to residents that hotlines for domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault remain manned and available to those in need. “Economic disruptions on the scale that we are seeing from the coronavirus pandemic can place a . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital launches 
drive-thru testing

Hospital launches drive-thru testing

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is now allowing patients to make appointments for drive-through testing for coronavirus (COVID-19). “The drive-thru process has been carefully designed to keep our patients and medical staff safe,” said Michelle Whalley, Clinic Administrator for the Rural Health Clinic. “Patients remain in their . . . Read Full Story >>

RRH reports first positive test result

RRH reports first positive test result

Rebecca Neipp

Late Wednesday night, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital officials received confirmation of the first known patient of COVID-19 in the Indian Wells Valley. While it does not substantially change anything in our community, said RRH Chief Executive Officer Jim Suver, “It validates all the actions we’ve taken, . . . Read Full Story >>

Minor injuries reported in Tuesday collision

Minor injuries reported in Tuesday collision

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department and other emergency personnel respond to a traffic accident at the intersection of North China Lake Boulevard and French Street on Tuesday afternoon. Both trucks were totaled and only minor injuries were reported. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Hospital braces for surge

Hospital braces for surge

Rebecca Neipp

“I don’t believe we have ever been in a situation like this, as a country or as a culture. None of our recent public health crises compare. The last time our population faced an epidemic of this proportion was in 1918 with the Spanish Influenza.” . . . Read Full Story >>

Virus comes  to Kern

Virus comes to Kern

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, Kern County Public Health Department confirmed positive results for COVID-19 for one visitor and two residents. KCPH Department Head Matt Constantine announced that the result of the visotr at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The other results were released Thursday morning. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Elected officials scramble  for COVID-19 aid

Elected officials scramble for COVID-19 aid

Rebecca Neipp

Elected officials at every level of government are in the process of negotiating relief for communities suffering from negative impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic. But when it will come, who will qualify, and what it will look like remains largely undefined. While healthcare officials brace . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools rocked by turbulence of ‘social distance’

Schools rocked by turbulence of ‘social distance’

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District, along with educational institutions across the county, state and nation, is struggling to meet the conflicting demands of isolation and service in a landscape where mandates and directives are constantly evolving. “Everything is moving at warp speed,” said Dr. David . . . Read Full Story >>