Federal coronavirus testing plan puts burden on states

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Registered nurse Raquel Hernandez places a nose swab into a test tube for a COVID-19 test at a mobile testing site at the Murray County Expo Center in Sulphur, Okla., Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The testing was performed by staff from District Eight of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Posted at 7:54 PM, May 25, 2020

and last updated 2020-05-25 22:54:30-04

The Trump administration’s new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens.

The plan, which was delivered Sunday to members of Congress, has drawn harsh criticism from top congressional Democrats. They say the administration “still does not have a serious plan for increasing testing to stop the spread of the virus.”

The 81-page document from the Department of Health and Human Services comes as the U.S. death toll from the pandemic is approaching 100,000.

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Coronavirus Testing Sites – Kern County

State-Provided Sites

Must have an appointmentFree, but if have insurance they will billNo screening criteria
Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 South P Street, Building 4, Access Gate 27
Mojave Veterans Hall
15580 O Street, Mojave
Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin
5th District Drive-Thru at The Prado Senior Center
2101 Ridge Road

County-Provided Sites

Must have an appointmentFreeNo screening criteriaOperating with existing provider
Oildale – Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, BakersfieldFor Registration call (661) 215-7725Drive-Thru OnlyHours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday 8 am – 12 pm
Ridgecrest – Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest For Registration: Text the word “testing” to 833-774-4968 Or Call 866-774-9984Drive-Thru Only Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Delano – Delano Regional Medical Center (Coming Soon)
1401 Garces Hwy, DelanoNo Drive-Thru optionHours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Kern River Valley – Kern Valley Hospital (Coming Soon)
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa
Tehachapi – Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley (Coming Soon)
1100 Magellan Dr 93561

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