Mar 10, 2020

Press Release

Press Release

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:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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