Lake Isabella, CA – In light of Governor Newsom’s recent announcement that more community testing sites would open across the state, Kern Valley Hospital in partnership with Kern County began community-wide testing this week.
Originally, we were requiring those wishing to be tested, to call for an appointment. We are happy to announce we now have an adequate number of tests available to us and an appointment will no longer be necessary.
The hospital will continue providing the PCR test, which is the gold standard for detecting COVID-19. A trained staff member using a nasopharyngeal swab will administer the test.
Beginning next week, testing will be available from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. YOU MUST BE IN LINE NO LATER THAN 1:30. We want to remind you this test is provided at “no cost” to our community and we encourage those who wish to be tested to take advantage of this opportunity. The test site has been set up in the front parking lot of Kern Valley Hospital, 6412 Laurel Ave., across from the park in Mountain Mesa. This is a drive-thru testing site and you will enter the hospital parking lot from McCray.
You will be required to stay in your cars and wait for staff to direct you to pull into the tent. We ask that you place your car in park while you are in the tent.
Please be aware, tests go to a lab outside of Kern County. Please inform us during registration how you would like to receive your results. All positive tests are notified by a personal phone call by the provider to the patient.
We look forward to serving our community.