For Immediate Release
Lake Isabella, California, March 10, 2020 – Effective immediately, our Clinical Providers and Laboratory here at Kern Valley Hospital, using our reference laboratory, Quest Diagnostics, can now test for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The new test service aids the presumptive detection in respiratory specimens of patients meeting CDC's clinical criteria for COVID-19 testing. If you or your family have concerns that you have been exposed or are showing symptoms, please call and speak to your healthcare provider.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Shortness of Breath
The best protection against COVID-19 and the flu are:
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Use tissues to catch coughs and sneeze, then put them in the trash and wash your hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
For more information, contact Deborah Hess at 760-379-5257 or email Deborahhess@kvhd.org