County urges more COVID testing

Kern County officials are urging more residents to test for coronavirus — an act which they say will help slow the spread of the illness as well as improve our chances of relaxing restrictions and closures.

“Coronavirus tests for active infections slows the spread of the disease by identifying infected individuals who can then be isolated as well as their close contacts,” said a county official.

However, the county’s top leaders have also expressed frustrations that, despite meeting the state’s original metrics that would allow Kern to reopen indoor operations at limited capacity, Gov. Gavin Newsom has penalized counties whose testing numbers are lower than state averages by artificially inflating those numbers. (See related story, Page 1)

Residents are urged to continue practicing healthy habits such as hand washing, physical distancing and wearing a face covering when in public.

Story First Published: 2020-10-09