Text Box: Gov. Newsom Orders Kern, 40 Other Counties, Back to Purple COVID-19 Tier
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Text Box: On November 17, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered Kern, and 40 other California counties, back into the most economically restrictive Purple Tier. These 41 counties represent 95% of our state’s population.
COVID-19 infection rates have been increasing all across the country, moving largely in an east to west direction. California counties have been monitored by the Governor’s Office and the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) using three metrics: Case Rates, Testing Positivity Rates, and an “Equity” measurement. In addition, Kern has been penalized arbitrarily by the governor with an “adjusted case rate” that reflects our overall numbers of tests administered per week falling behind the state average.
The adjusted case rate penalty is the reason that the County of Kern has been encouraging more testing in our community, even incentivizing our own employees to get tested, and now implementing a new program where $25 Visa gift cards are distributed in our most vulnerable census tracts to residents that visit testing sites. Our hope is that this improves both our “equity” measurement and our testing rate, and the $360,000 allocated to this gift card proText Box: gram is another infusion of economic aid into our economy that supplements the $30 million in small business forgivable loans we have administered for COVID-19 relief already.
Over the last week, Kern has seen a large increase in all COVID-19 metrics. On November 17, our Case Rate was 16.1% unadjusted, and 17.9% adjusted (penalty added), while a 7% rate is required for Kern to move back into the less restrictive Red Tier.
Now that Kern has returned to the Purple Tier, Governor Newsom has ordered restaurants, movie theaters, fitness centers, and churches to cease indoor operations, and retail is restricted to 25% capacity. In addition, there has been talk from the governor and CDPH of freezing counties in the Purple Tier, issuing new masking guidelines, and the latest is a 10:00pm-5:00am curfew effective November 21.  Many of us, particularly our business community, are extremely frustrated with the changing directives and orders from Governor Newsom, which are affecting our lives and our economy. Dissatisfaction with the state’s handling of this pandemic is widespread, which is evidenced by the 42 lawsuits, 19 currently pending, that have been filed Text Box: against the Newsom Administration and the state on behalf of restaurants, gyms, churches and others.
Our local contact tracing shows no evidence that restaurants, gyms, churches or schools are contributing to significant spread in our community, nor do we have any evidence that they are the catalyst to the surge in case rates we are experiencing now. In short, it is not the fault of those businesses who are going to great lengths to be safe, who have been following the rules for months and months , that the virus spread is increasing recently.
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Text Box: 4th Qtr. Issue
Text Box: December 2020
Text Box: Highlights:
County of Kern COVID-19 Response Update 
Green Tips from ALI VAN DEREYK
Chamber Flooding Sponsorships
Real Estate Prices Skyrocket!
Chips for Kids Toy Drive
Text Box: Rosamond Chamber of Commerce

Gov. Newsom Orders Kern, Continued

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Rosamond Covid-19 Avg. Cases Per Day

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Tips for a Greener 2021!

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Rosamond Event Center Update

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Chamber Water Damage Sponsors

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Chips for Kids Toy Drive

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Kern Antelope Historical Society

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Real Estate Update By Gatton Realty

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Rosamond Chamber Business Members

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Text Box: By Supervisor Zack Scrivner, District 2

Supervisor Zack Scrivner, District 2

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