What You Need to Know About Coronavirus & More

Your health matters to the Kern County Library! Below you will find researched information from authentic resources regarding health information, including information about relevant viruses.

Please be aware, the Kern County Library does not provide medical advice, nor are the materials we provide a substitute for a professional medical opinion. The Kern County Library strictly provides information and resources on health topics to help the public gathered from accredited world health organizations.

Health Alert
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Influenza (Flu)
COVID-19 Closure Resources

For information about the Library’s closure, online learning resources, and virtual programming, visit the Closure Page.

Visit the Kern County website for information about County department closures, essential services, and more. Resources below are in no way comprehensive, but are a starting point for Kern County residents. 

Access the Kern County website for information on getting tested for COVID-19.    Testing Sites

Business Resources
Emergency Updates
Employment and Job Resources
Meals and Food Assistance


Practice Healthy Habits

Prevention starts with YOU. Continue your life as usual, but take the same precautions that you would during cold and flu season:

Get your flu shot — it’s not too late. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu, which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol.

If you are interested in making hand sanitizer, here is a homemade recipe. 

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home if you are not feeling well. Don’t wait until you’re very sick.

Have provisions that will last a few days, including water, food, and essential hygiene materials.

Handouts & Resources

These resources are available for you, the public, to download, post and use at your discretion.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Handouts
Influenza - Handouts

Public Health Sources

Be aware that rumors can spread rapidly through social media, resulting in an INFODEMIC. Below you can discover and access resources and information from major health organizations that are trusted sources during any health crisis.

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
California Department of Public Health
Kern County Public Health Services
National Library of Medicine
Library Resources


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