For Immediate Release
Lake Isabella, California December 29, 2021 – Beginning January 2022 Kern Valley Healthcare District will no longer be offering COVID-19 community testing. For anyone who is experiencing symptoms please contact your primary care physician and if they provide you with a doctor’s order you can come to our out-patient window located inside the hospital and be tested. Keep in mind you will be billed for this service. In addition, we are currently working with the federal government and have requested home kits for distribution, however, at this time we have no confirmation if any home kits will be earmarked for our valley.
The most effective way to protect yourself, loved ones and our community is to WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails, practice social distancing and wearing 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” such as 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.
For more information, contact Deborah Hess at 760-379-5257 or email Deborahhess@kvhd.org