Latest updates and articles on Coronavirus

The impact of school closures in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has kept many students indoors and unable to explore nature. To this end, naturalists at the Kern Environmental Education Program (Camp KEEP) are developing digital content that delivers videos directly to students, supports teachers with their curriculum development, and brings the outdoors inside during these challenging times. 

In a planned message to Kern Community Foundation Fundholders, President and CEO Kristen Beall Watson prepared the following hopeful Community Impact Report:
“In mid-March, the Foundation established the Kern County COVID-19 Relief Fund to address the immediate and longer-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents impacted by the Coronavirus."

Today, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2.0 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all 50 states and 3 territories to increase food security during the coronavirus national emergency.

Ante la vivencia de algo cercano al Apocalipsis, como si fuera  una película de horror  y terror la cual sólo habíamos visto en el Cine, hoy enfrentamos al COVID-19 así como  autoridades y personas irresponsables e insensibles, ante  ello la humanidad deberá imponerse con actos y gestos  que espero usted  entienda y le sirvan para humanizarse y no pierda la esperanza, esa luz  frente a la oscuridad, debemos tener fe y arrepentimiento.

The Bakersfield MSA (i.e., Kern County) ranked as the 13th most resilient economy in the U.S. (out of 384 metros), according to a March 2020 study by Chmura Economics.  The economics and analytics firm measured the anticipated negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic could have on jobs in a region, based upon the mix of local industry sectors and local areas’ policies in reaction to the crisis.