Nov 24, 2021

Kern Valley Health District limits COVID testing during holidays

Due to the upcoming holidays, there will not be any community testing on Wednesday, Nov. 24 or Wednesday, Dec. 22, the Kern Valley Health District announced in a press release.

They will continue offering community testing on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 29 with the exception of the dates listed above.

There is no charge to those utilizing the community test site. Officials are only offering the COVID PCR test through KVHD's community testing site. For those requesting the COVID antigen test, you are required to have an order from your primary care physician and you can come to the hospital’s outpatient window and be tested. 

The community testing site is located at 4308 Birch St., Mountain Mesa (across the Kern Valley Hospital’s ER parking lot).

Anyone getting tested outside of that day or time at our facilities will require a doctor's order and will be billed.

According to the release, the most effective way to protect yourself, loved ones and the community is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (including under your fingernails), practice social distancing and wear a mask.

If soap and water are not accessible, using an alcohol-based sanitizer is also effective. If you blow your nose, cough or (sneeze) wash your hands; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food – wash your hands. 

Avoid sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. Clean any surfaces that are “high-touch areas” like phones, keyboards, toilets, bathroom fixtures, etc. 

We understand whether you get vaccinated or not is a personal choice. The vaccine does not guarantee you won’t become infected with COVID. But we can share with you those who are unvaccinated are more likely to become extremely ill requiring hospitalization, ICU care and face possible death. Those who have been vaccinated continue to have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and typically do not require hospitalization.