Health care district and Kern County partnering for no-cost clinic that opens Tuesday

Free COVID-19 testing will be available in Taft starting Tuesday.

The Westside Health Care District is partnering with Kern County to offer drive-through nasal swab testing at no cost Director of Clinic Operations Ryan Schultz said.

People wishing to get the free testing need to make an appointment by calling 661-765-1935 starting Tuesday.

Priority will be given to Westside residents.

No insurance or pre-authorizations are needed, and you can be tested even if you have no symptoms or known exposure to a COVID-19-positive person.

The testing will be held at Westside Family Health Care Clinic on East North Street Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Accommodations can be made for people who don't drive by calling the clinic.

Schultz said the clinic is using PCR nasal swabs and has contracted with a Bakersfield lab for rapid turnarounds.
Test results should be available in 24 to 72 hours, Schultz said, instead of a week or longer at other test clinics.

In addition the clinic has another, separate service to offer FDA-approved COVID-19 antibody testing.