Kern County Chief Communications Officer Megan Pearson announced the addition of three new COVID-19 testing facilities, including one in Mojave, during the daily briefing on the virus. She said that the new facilities will allow the county to increase testing capacity by 400 tests per day.
All three locations will be free to residents. They do require an appointment which can be scheduled online at www.kerncounty.com and kernpublichealth.com will have web portals to schedule appointments - they will likely not be available online until Sunday. Previously you had to see a physician and get a referral. Translations services will be available on site. More information expected in the next several days.
The new facilities will be located at:
• Richard Prado Senior Center, 2101 Ridge Street. It will be open Sunday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a drive-thru only location.
• Kern County Fairgrounds Bldg 4, 1142 South P Street. It will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This location is available for walk-in appointments.
• Mojave Veterans Memorial Building, 15580 O Street. This location will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This location is available for walk-in appointments.
In addition to the new testing facilities, Person announced that the county is putting together a committee that will work with local businesses and industry in a re-open plan. However, Person emphasized that the plan will not be put into effect until Gov. Gavin Newsom lifts the state's stay-at-home order.