Kern County Public Health Services announced there were no new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of Friday morning, according to a news release.
Public Health stated that there are current 244 COVID-19 tests pending results, and 78 have come back negative.
On Thursday, Public Health Services announced three Kern County residents had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the results to four. A non-resident tested positive earlier this week while visiting the county.
Matt Constantine, Public Health Services Director, said he did not know whether the cases were caused by community spread or not. At the time, the patients are in self-isolation and recovering.
The announcement Thursday came hours before Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide “shelter-in-place” or stay-at-home order. People can go to a grocery store, care for friends or loved ones, do an essential job or get necessary healthcare, or conduct exercise. However, the governor ordered all non-essential businesses to close down for the near future and ordered the closure of all nightclubs, in-restaurant dining and so forth.
As of Friday, there were 1,057 confirmed cases in California of COVID-19, and 20 deaths related to it.
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has started conducting drive-thru testing of the virus, but stressed they will only conduct tests by appointment only. The requirements are:
A) Text "SCREENING" to 833-RRH-4YOU (833-774-4968)
B) The nursing triage line will contact you and review the screening algorithm with you
C) If appropriate, we will direct you to the drive-thru testing area for evaluation at an assigned appointment time.
The drive-thru testing area is located in the back parking lot of the hospital.
"We wanted to reassure those members of the community who have contacted us, that text messages have been received through the night and into this morning and our nursing triage will be reaching out to you soon," the hospital said in a Friday morning update. "Thank you for your patience as we begin our first day of drive-thru testing."