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Kern County workers address safety guidelines amid plans to reopen

Jocelyn Perez, Reporter

May 6, 2020

A virtual press conference was held by workers of Kern County to emphasize essential efforts and urge for workplace safety amid plans to reopen on May 5. On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the next phase of re-opening, known as “phase two,” which would take place along with following certain guidelines and modifications in order to proceed. Kern County emplo...

Kern Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief fund

Mariah Arviso, Reporter

April 29, 2020

The Kern Community Foundation (KCF) received a generous donation of $26,000 from Valley Strong Credit Union for COVID-19 relief on April 27.   The fund was launched on March 17 and since then, there has been $445,000 worth of donations. With the additional donation from the Valley Strong Credit Union, the total amount of donations has exceeded $471,000.   “...

Adventist Health creates virtual race

Angel Magdaleno, Reporter

April 26, 2020

The Adventist Health Bakersfield Foundation is hosting the virtual fun run race, “Tough as Nails Kern Kwarantine 2x4 Ultra Race.” The race began April 24 at 6 p.m. and will be carried on until April 26 at 6 p.m.  The intention of the race is to raise spirits during the COVID-19 quarantine, and to help those affected by the pandemic.  “For me, running has alway...

Kern County announces National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Angel Magdaleno, Reporter

April 23, 2020

Every year National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is observed in April. The theme for NCVRW this year is Seek Justice, Ensure Victims' Rights, and Inspire Hope. NCVRW was established in 1981 by Ronald Reagan to expand awareness on the rights of victims of crime.  Every year the Kern County District Attorney’s (KCDA) office holds a march for National Crime V...

Tony Iton speaks about health during an online speech

Marina Gonzalez, Reporter

April 17, 2020

Dr. Tony Iton, along with BC faculty, held an online Zoom presentation to discuss whether the zip code or genetic code is a good predictor of healthy communities and reasons of bad health. “If you want to change health, you invest up stream,” Dr. Tony Iton said. Iton is the Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment.  He shared a...

BC’s daily Renegade Roundup included local government officials

Angel Magdaleno, Reporter

April 6, 2020

More than 240 participants joined in on Bakersfield College President’s all-campus forum with political and community leaders, as panelists, on April 6 to update BC faculty and students on COVID-19 and its impact on the community.  Panel speakers included California State Assembly Vince Fong, Retired California State Senator Jean Fuller, CEO of Kern Economic Development Cor...

Businesses that are remaining open during the coronavirus pandemic

Jocelyn Perez, Reporter

March 31, 2020

As the streets of Bakersfield continue to look more uninhabited, some businesses persevere through times of struggle. Most services that are known as essential, proceed in remaining open.  All Sno Shack locations will continue to remain open. Their hours of operation are starting from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Services are also available on GrubHub and doordash. Nearly all restau...

Growing number of coronavirus cases in the U.S.

Mariah Arviso, Reporter

March 29, 2020

The United States has by passed China and Italy with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 on March 26.   As of March 27, the U.S. has 85,356 cases of COVID-19 according the CDC website. This data includes confirmed cases and cases under investigation. The U.S. gained 15,000 cases on March 26 which increased the number of cases in the U.S.  When the U.S. becam...

COVID-19 brings Kern County together

Collin Koch, Reporter

March 26, 2020

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kern County are rising fast. This is not stopping the community of Bakersfield, however, from supporting one another during these times of panic. Churches have formed groups to help those in need of supplies and services, neighborhoods are coming together to support each other and local businesses are supporting those in need. For example, ...

Local first responders reacting to COVID-19

Collin Koch, Reporter

March 26, 2020

Even though the coronavirus has become the primary focus of the nation and the world, protection from other dangers such as fire, crime and medical emergencies is still needed throughout towns. First responders are now taking precautions when responding to emergencies. On March 12, The Bakersfield Police Department announced that the department’s headquarters will be clos...

Kern County COVID-19 relief fund

Mariah Arviso, Reporter

March 20, 2020

The Kern Community Foundation (KCF) announced, on March 18, that they will be providing a COVID-19 relief fund for non-profit organizations providing care for those in need.   KCF is known for providing funding to community groups that solely rely on donations as well giving scholarships and grants to student going into college. They were established in 1999 a...

Coronavirus spreads to Kern County

Collin Koch, Reporter

March 17, 2020

On March 17, the Kern County Public Health Department announced that the first confirmed case of coronavirus had hit Kern County. They reported that the person infected is not a Kern County resident but an out of town visitor. Local hospitals have been preparing for the pandemic but are still in need of some medical supplies such as N95 masks, goggles, aprons, surgical masks...

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