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FLU SHOTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE BY APPOINITMENT AT WEST SIDE FAMILYHEALTH CLINIC

October 26, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic: A continuing narrative by Gerald A. Starr, MPH, FACHE; Executive Director

Kern County had 2,744 positive tests between 10/1 and 10/26/20.  Testing volume, state wide, and in Kern County continues to drop. Kern County has moved into the Red category in the Statewide (the Governor’s) COVID-19 reopening criteria and planning. 

As of this writing there have been a total of 33,928 positive results in Kern County. In Taft (556)-and our neighbors of Maricopa, Fellows and Tupman-for a total of 586 positive tests. There have been 416 deaths in Kern County attributed to the COVID-19. * 

The 10/25/20 data update on the State’s website indicates a continuing lower incidence in the mortality rate and the daily number of hospitalized patients; Kern County also continues to follow that trend. A look at several states, including California would show that the 7-day average in the case rate of positive COVID-19 is increasing although not at the rate being experienced by some Midwest states. 

The COVID-19 statistics on national level don’t change that much in age related statistics from week to week.  The percentage of the positives found for 0-4 years and 5-17 combined is 8.9%. The mortality rate in those two age groups is less than .1%.  The Seniors group (over 65) positive rate is 14.9% of those tested with the highest mortality rate (79.6%) of all individuals who have positive test results. In terms of gender:  Males are 46.1% of positives and 53.9% of deaths. Females are 51.8% of positives and 48.2% of deaths. Ethnic Groups show some disparity: Hispanics have 27.6% positive and a 16.1% mortality; Blacks 16.8% positive and 20.3% mortality; and, Whites 46.2% positive and 53.8% mortality. 

 October 1st was the “official” start of the annual Flu season. There is concern that we could experience a “Twindemic” if the flu and COVID-19 combine to impact our health care system resources.  How can we help to avoid that? We should each Get our Flu shot and follow the rules! We should follow the CDC guidelines with masking and social distancing procedures and practice aggressive hand hygiene. This is a commitment each should make to protect ourselves and others. Ultimately the long-term control of COVID-19 will be the development and approval of a COVID-19 Vaccine. Hopefully soon!

YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IS VERY MUCH OUR CONCERN AND YOU CAN HELP!

Public “on demand” nasal testing continues to be available at no cost at the West Side Family Health Care Clinic. Testing and Flu shots are available by appointment. (Please call: 661-765-1935). 

For patients of the West Side Family Health Care Clinic there is testing for COVID-19 for patients with symptoms or exposure. Our providers (Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants and support staff) are here to serve you. Telephone visits in certain cases may be appropriate if patient and provider agree.

*Kern County Department of Public Health Website, reported daily;

+ COVID-19.CA.GOV