Kern County health worker cancels local coronavirus pandemic order

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – An order from the Kern County health official issued last month regarding the coronavirus pandemic was immediately canceled, according to the Kern County public health department.

In a statement released on Saturday, Kern public health spokeswoman Michelle Corson said the decision was made after Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state was “days, not weeks,” away from changes to the order to stay at home.

“In anticipation of the governor’s transition from reopening the economy, we want the county to be positioned so that we can quickly maximize our local response and pave the way for future changes,” said Corson.

The April 2 order was issued as a way for County Kern to comply with Governor Newsom’s stay order and state health directives regarding public gatherings.

The release also says that Kern Public Health has worked with local businesses to provide education and resources during the home stay order.

“We have responded to complaints from our residents and have been satisfied with the cooperation of our local business community,” said Corson.

Kern County supervisor David Couch said Saturday’s decision to rescind the order eliminated the county version of the statewide home stay order and ended in execution. County Kern will no longer apply the order, Couch said, but it is up to the state to do so.

In addition, Corson said the Kern County Supervisory Council voted to create an ad hoc committee on April 21 to review and interpret governor’s orders and essential business listings, and to provide best practices, advice and recommendations for implementing locally necessary changes to reopen businesses safely when governor’s orders are lifted.

“Kern County Public Health looks forward to working with the newly created ad hoc committee of the Kern County Supervisory Board as we implement our plan to safely re-open local businesses.”

Corson concluded by asking the public to continue to abide by the governor’s social distancing guidelines.

“We continue to ask the community to adhere to the governor’s order to stay at home and practice social isolation. These actions have been identified as having a significant impact on the flattening of our curve and helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. “

Watch 17 News at 11 for a full report on Kern County public health action tonight.

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