RRH Response to questions and concerns regarding evident discrepancies between Kern County Public Health and RRH COVID-19 published data

RRH cannot explain numbers published by Kern County Public Health. The numbers published by RRH are accurate and in accordance with our testing. In an effort to help our community better understand the numbers reported by RRH concerning COVID-19 results from RRH tests, we have also now updated our website dashboard to include new information regarding residency of RRH positive results. Residency is divided into positives from residents in our community and positives from out of town residents. Our communities include: Ridgecrest, Inyokern, Trona and other communities in our service area. Despite whether or not a person resides in Ridgecrest, they have tested positive here at our hospital, with possible interactions and spread in our community.

We know it is a stressful and worrying time for many, but we urge the community to not get caught up in the numbers of COVID. Please focus on the spread of COVID-19 and not the numbers. COVID-19 is here and in our community and it is up to each one of us to play our part in limiting the spread and "flattening the curve". Our actions now are crucial in how this will play out of us, as individuals and as a community.

We cannot caution you enough adhere to guidelines issued by our state and county:
✔️ Wash your hands with soap and water often (at least 20
✔️ Maintain 6 ft distance from individuals not in your
✔️ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
✔️ Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
Follow label instructions for proper disinfection.
✔️ Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue or
your elbow.
✔️ Stay away from large gatherings and crowds both in
public and in private.
✔️ If you are sick, stay home from work and away from other
✔️ Follow State face-covering Guidance:

#FlattenTheCurve #StopTheSpread