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Would you like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Email: or Call: 661-326-5512

¿Le gustaría recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19? Contactenos por correo electrónico: O Llame al: 661-326-5512

Due to COVID-19, Kern Medical is restricting the number of visitors at our hospital and clinics during this time to protect our staff, physicians, patients, and visitors.

These visitor restrictions are effective as of October 4, 2021 until further notice. These visitor restrictions may change as circumstances require.

Visitors must provide proof of identification and 1) Proof of a negative C0VID-19 test completed within no greater than 72 hours* or 2) Proof of completing vaccination for C0VID-19 with either one dose of Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. There must be at least 14 days since receiving the last dose.


  • Permit 1 visitor per day for each adult; 2 visitors per day for pediatric patients
  • 1 visitor for COVID-19+ or rule out COVID-19 pediatric patients
  • Exception: end of life patients
  • No exchange of visitors


  • 2 visitors per encounter selected by “Mom” to be present during labor and birth
  • 1 visitor for COVID-19+ patients

Visitors to Emergency Department and Labor & Delivery will be provided medical masks


  • 2 "banded" visitors, may be alone or together, per day - NICU
  • 2 parents/visitors per patient, per day - Pediatrics


  • Maternal Health (Post-Partum)
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Areas where a pediatric patient is being treated, i.e., Radiology
  • Diagnostic Treatment Center
  • Acute Care (2C, 3C, 3D, ICU/DOU)
  • Outpatient Ultrasound at Columbus Clinic

One overnight visitor per patient will be permitted in the Pediatric unit and Maternal Health Visiting Hours are 8:30 am to 8:30 pm


  • Behavioral Health Unit
  • Outpatient Radiology
  • All Other Areas of Hospital

Please arrange for those who cannot enter the hospital or clinics to wait elsewhere and not in the waiting rooms or in the areas immediately in front of the hospitals or clinics.

Exceptions may be considered, including trauma patients, comfort care, or patients reliant on an advocate for their care. Children under the age of 18 may not visit or enter the hospital or clinics unless seeking care.

Children under the age of 18 may not visit or enter the hospital or clinics unless seeking care.

Visitors who do not have a medical mask will have one provided.


  • CLICK HERE for the symptoms of COVID-19

  • CLICK HERE for Kern County Public Health’s media briefings, streamed each Monday and Thursday

  • CLICK HERE for Kern County Public Health’s video blog, each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with the most up-to-date information on Covid-19

What are coronaviruses?

Human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s. We are currently aware of seven different types of human coronaviruses, four of which are associated with mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Other types of virus include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), which is responsible for the latest outbreak. Although COVID-19 is similar to the other types of coronaviruses, it is unique in many ways and we are still learning more each day.

How do you get infected with COVID-19?

COVID-19 is spread by close person-to-person contact from droplets from a cough or sneeze, which can get into your mouth, nose, or lungs. Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of another person. There aren’t many cases in the US, so the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low.

How do I know if I have COVID-19?

If you were recently exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, have been in a place where an outbreak has occurred within the last two weeks, or have the following symptoms that cannot be explained by another illness. The following symptoms could indicate you have contracted COVID-19:

  • fever;
  • cough; or
  • shortness of breath

Unless your symptoms are severe, it is recommended you call your healthcare provider first before entering a healthcare facility. When speaking with a healthcare provider in-person or on the phone, be sure to note your symptoms, travel history, or if you were exposed to a person diagnosed with the virus.

How severe is this illness?

The World Health Organization says 80% of people with COVID-19 have a mild form of the illness with cold- or flu-like symptoms. The people most likely to get seriously ill from this virus are people over 60 and/or those with pre-existing health conditions. It is estimated that for every 100 cases of COVID-19, between two and four people would die. This is very different from a coronavirus like SARS, where nearly ten in 100 sick people died from the illness.

I see people wearing masks, should I be doing that?

Health officials in the US do not recommend the use of masks among people not showing symptoms of COVID-19.

What can I do to prevent getting sick from COVID-19?

The following tips will help to prevent COVID-19 as well as other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub your hands together until they are dry
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are showing symptoms of illness
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into your elbow. Throw the tissue in the garbage and make sure to clean your hands afterwards
  • Stay home when you are sick


Through close personal contact with a sick person. Symptoms may show up 2-14 days later


Call your healthcare provider if:

  • You have symptoms and have been to a country that has experienced an outbreak within the last 2 weeks of your travel
  • You have symptoms and have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • You have a sudden and severe onset of symptoms that cannot be explained by another illness


  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your couch/sneeze with a tissue
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaced often
  • Stay home when you are sick


CLICK HERE for the latest Coronavirus Info from the CDC