COVID-19 update: Hospital demobilizes, case numbers very low | News
COVID-19 update: Hospital demobilizes, case numbers very low |  News

COVID-19 update: Hospital demobilizes, case numbers very low | News

After more than two years of disruption, there are still signs that COVID-19 is about to leave the scene.

As of April 8, Adventist Health Kern County COVID-19 Incident Command Center was demobilized. In a press release, the health system said the center was no longer needed due to the continuing decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout Kern County.

“Over the past two years, AH has used the standardized approach to command, planning, and coordinating emergency preparedness for the global COVID-19 pandemic,” a spokesman said.

Section heads in areas such as operations, planning, logistics and communications met regularly online across campuses in Bakersfield, Delano and Tehachapi – a process that was particularly critical during the various COVID-19 increases.

Employees were informed that ICC briefings will end so far. However, all COVID-19 guidelines related to California Department of Public Gealth requirements – including the use of personal protective equipment – will remain in place.

‘Dramatic reduction’

In an update to trustees in the Tehachapi Unified School District on April 12, Superintendent Stacey Larson-Everson said there was good news on the COVID-19 front.

As of April 5, there were 1,108 student cases and 283 staff cases since the beginning of the school year in August last year.

Between March 2 and April 5, there were only eight total cases among staff and students.

“It’s a dramatic reduction,” she added. “And we really hope to see this trend continue – declining – and I look forward to being able to report at some point no further cases.”

Sharing the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the Superintendent said exposed, asymptomatic students can now continue personal instruction and all other aspects of K-12 schooling, including sports and recreational activities, regardless of vaccination status or location of exposure.

However, she noted that it is still strongly recommended that exposed students wear a snug-fitting mask while they are around others indoors for at least 10 days after the date of last exposure and to test three to five days after exposure in addition to closely monitoring for symptoms.

Zero cases at CCI

At the California Correctional Institution, which is included in the 93561 zip code count of Public Health, there were no active cases of COVID-19 among staff or the incarcerated population from data available on April 15th.

According to data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, there were 1,407 cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic, with all staff returning to work. These data did not include three CCI employees reported to have died of the virus.

Among the imprisoned population, a total of 1,580 cases were resolved with the deaths of four inmates.

Tehachapi area data

Data released by the Kern County Public Health Services Department on April 15 showed seven new cases of COVID-19 in zip code 93561 between April 8 and April 15 – bringing the total for the year to 2,751 and the total since the beginning of The pandemic in 2020 to 8,851.

Kern County reported a total of 2,344 COVID-19-related deaths nationwide on April 15 – an increase of 14 from April 11. The county does not provide death data by specific community or zip code, citing privacy issues.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that all counties in California had “low” transmission rates on April 15th.

Claudia Elliott is a freelance journalist and former editor of Tehachapi News. She lives in Tehachapi and can be contacted via email: [email protected].

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