Bear Valley Springs, California

COVID-19 Information & Resources

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Updated May 11, 2020

What does the "Stay-at-Home" order mean?

Staying home is the most effective tool available to protect yourself, your family, first responders and healthcare workers. Staying home saves lives by slowing the spread the spread of coronavirus throughout the community and reducing the chances of an overwhelming impact on our emergency services and healthcare system.


  • May 7, 2020 - Governor Newsom adapted the stay at home order, allowing some retail businesses, with curbside pickup, and associated supply chains can reopen with modifications that follow NEW state guidance.
  • May 2, 2020 - Kern County Public Health rescinds the order issued April 2, 2020
  • April 28, 2020 - Governor Newsom announced details on how California plans to modify the Stay-At-Home order.
  • April 14, 2020 - Governor Newsom outlined six key indicators that will be considered before modifying the state's stay-at-home order
  • April 2, 2020 - Kern County Public Health Officer issues an order for all residents to stay at home.
  • March 31, 2020 - Governor Newsom announced the "Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In." campaign urging California residents to help combat social isolation and food insecurity among vulnerable elderly populations. This campaign urges all Californians to check in on their older neighbors with a call, a text, or talking to them through the door.
  • March 19, 2020 - Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 directing all residents of California to stay at their home or place of residence. The exception to this order was "essential workers" who are needed to maintain continuity of operation in federal critical infrastructure sectors including healthcare/public health, emergency services, food and agriculture, energy, water and wastewater, transportation and logistics, communications and information technology, and more. A list of essential workers can be viewed in detail HERE.

April 14 - Six Critical Indicators that the state will consider before modifying the Stay-At-Home order:

  1. The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed.
  2. The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19
  3. The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges
  4. The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand
  5. The ability for businesses, schools and child care facilities to support physical distancing
  6. The ability to determine when to re-institute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

The Governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making the decision. He also said that things will look different as California makes modifications . For example, restaurants will have fewer tables and classrooms will be reconfigured.

April 28 - Four Stages to Stay-At-Home Modifications

  1. Safety and Preparedness. Continue to build out testing, contact tracing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies, and hospital surge capacity
  2. Lower Risk Workplaces. Gradually open some lower risk workplaces with adaptations (Retail with curbside pickup, Manufacturing industries, Offices for those who cannot telework, More public spaces)
  3. Higher Risk Workplaces. Open higher risk workplaces and environments with adaptations and limits on the size of gatherings (salons, gyms, movie theaters, churches, weddings, and sports without live audiences)
  4. End of Stay-At-Home. Reopening highest risk environments and venues once therapeutics have been developed (Concerts, convention centers, live audience sports)

When is it OK to go out in public?

The Governor's executive order states:

The supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care. When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to obtain or perform the functions above, or to otherwise facilitate authorized necessary activities, they should at all times practice social distancing.

At this time, businesses that provide "essential services" are open. This includes:

  • Gas Stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants
  • Banks
  • Laundromats and laundry services
  • Law enforcement and office that provide government programs and services

Should I wear a Mask When I go out?

On April 1, 2020 the California Department of Public Health issued guidance indicating that cloth face coverings worn in public could help to reduce disease transmission by reducing the release of infectious particles into the air when speaking, coughing or sneezing.

This shift in federal guidance is based on new concerns that the virus is being spread by people who are infected, but don't show symptoms.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not medical grade respirators such as N95 and surgical masks.

California COVID-19 Questions and Answers about face coverings

Centers for Disease Control information on face coverings, including how to make them at home


May 4, 2020 - Delta Airlines is requiring passengers to wear a mask or face covering in the check-in area, premium lounges, boarding gate areas, and onboard planes during the flight. American Airlines and United have said they will start requiring masks for passengers and cabin crew.

What are COVID-19 Symptoms?

If you have any of these Emergency Warning Signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Coronavirus syptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated information about COVID-19 symptoms.

How do I get Tested for COVID-19?

California is expanding coronavirus testing capacity daily, and Governor Newsom has announced a COVID-19 Testing Task Force.

  • All ten Acute Care hospitals in Kern County are testing
  • Accelerated Urgent Care: drive-through testing at their Coffee Road location
  • Priority Urgent Care: providing testing in a tent
  • Omni: testing and drive-through testing available at all clinic locations
  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital: has drive-through testing

An updated list of Kern County testing sites can be found here:

The California Department of Public Health has an interactive statewide testing locator.

What should I do if I think I'm sick?

Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19:

  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately - call ahead before visiting
  • Keep track of your symptoms
  • If you have an emergency warning sign, get medical attention right away
  • Wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth if you are around other people or animals including pets, even at home.
  • Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of tissues in a lined trash can and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or clean your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people in your home
  • Clean all high-touch surfaces daily (phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, door knobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables). Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom. If a caregiver needs to clean and disinfect a sick person's bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. They should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom
  • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Use house hold cleaners and disinfectants.

Ending home isolation:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (3 days) without the use of medicine that reduces fevers
  • Other symptoms have improved
  • At least 7 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared

For more information for those who have tested positive see the website