May 22, 2020
The daily and weekly changes in our personal, family and work lives to adapt to COVID-19 have become routine. As we move throughout our community we see variable compliance by individuals and businesses with masking and social-distancing requirements.
We are beginning to focus on “the return to normal” whatever that will be. The Governor is rolling out a 4-phase plan that is intended to continue the healing process in both our health and the economy. The success of the 4-phase plan, and the progress through the 4 phases, will depend on continuing to comply with masking and social distancing 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. You should expect social distancing.
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 presence of positive C-19 virus. A strong program of testing to measure the presence and prevalence of C-19 virus and infection is vital to continuing to progress through all of the 4 phases of “the return to normal” plan. This will also enable us to monitor positive tests in case there could be a second wave or “surge” of patients. This applies to our local region as well as the entire State and our nation.
There continues to be a focus on the health of patients confined to Nursing Homes. There is support and recognition of our frontline responders. 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.
In Kern County as of this writing there have been 1644 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 25 deaths attributed to the COVID-19. As of 5/20 there were 38 hospitalized patients. The Kern County Department of Public Health* has begun to provide the incidence of positive results for C-19 testing by Zip code. As of this date there are 20 positives for 93268 and 13 positive in the other Zip codes of our District from Maricopa to Lost Hills (11).
Necessary testing for COVID-19 for patients with symptoms or exposure, which is based on CDC guidelines, is covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal and most insurance plans. West Side Family Health Care 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”, no-cost, testing is now available at the West Side Family Health Care Clinic by appointment. (Please call: 661-765-1935)
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