June 8, 2020
In Kern County* as of this writing there have been 2,794 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. In Taft and our neighbors of Maricopa and McKittrick there are a total of 30 positive tests. There are 59 hospitalized patients and 47 deaths in Kern County are attributed to the COVID-19. It would appear that the infection rate and the hospitalization rate in Kern County will be manageable with the available staffed beds and ventilators in our local hospitals.
The daily and weekly changes in our personal, family and work lives to adapt to COVID-19 are becoming routine. As we move throughout our community we continue to see variable compliance by individuals and group gatherings. Businesses are attempting to comply with the masking and social-distancing requirements that have been established for reopening our communities to a “new normal”.
It appears we will be moving into Phase 3 of our Governor’s 4-phase plan. Our progress through the 4 phases, will in large part, depend on common sense social disciplines as well as diligent hand washing. Travel anywhere away from home and family-while not encouraged-should be done with planning for safety and protection.
There are now programs in rural and urban areas-including at West Side Family Health Clinic-to increase the rate of testing individuals to evaluate the prevalence of the positive C-19 virus. A strong program of testing to measure the prevalence of C-19 virus and infection rate is vital to continuing to progress through all of the 4 phases of “the return to normal” plan. We will continue to monitor positive tests should there be a second wave or “surge” of patients. This applies to our local region as well as the entire State and our nation.
For patients in the West Side Family Health Care Clinic there is testing for COVID-19 for patients with symptoms or exposure. Our tests are FDA-EUA approved, based on CDC guidelines, and, covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal and most insurance plans. The Clinic has the supplies and procedures for both COVID-19 nasal (PCR) and serology (antibody) testing. Our providers, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians and support staff are here to serve you.
Public “on demand” nasal and serology testing at no cost is now available at the West Side Family Health Care Clinic. The “no cost” testing is made possible by funding through the County of Kern and the City of Taft. The testing is by appointment. (Please call: 661-765-1935). Each person requesting testing by appointment will be asked for personal contact information, screened for a brief history and active symptoms of an infection. Test results are provided to the individual and the Kern County Department of Public Health.
Should you not feel well and experience flu-like symptoms, or respiratory distress or chest pain, you are encouraged to use the appointment or walk-in services of the West Side Family Health Care Clinic. Telephone visits in certain cases may be appropriate if patient and provider agree.
YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IS VERY MUCH OUR CONCERN AND YOU CAN HELP!!!
- HAND WASHING: FREQUENT, 20-30 SECONDS WITH SOAP WATER;
- USE HAND SANITIZER THAT IS ALCOHOL-BASED
- MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING; MASK IN CROWDS OR CLOSE ENCOUNTER
- STAY AT HOME IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL; USE A MASK!
- LIMIT HAND TOUCHING EXCHANGES/SANITIZE CONTACT SURFACES
*Kern County Department of Public Health Website, reported daily