Text Box: County of Kern COVID-19 Response Update  
Text Box: Business Insider 411
Text Box: On May 5, 2020, the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved our initial utilization plan that included funding for small businesses, critical safety net services to support vulnerable populations, and for reimbursement of county and incorporated cities expenditures incurred to respond to COVID-19.  The funding for these efforts comes from $157 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Relief Fund the County of Kern received.  
The Board authorized the County Administrative Office to implement the “Kern Recovers” programs to support our small businesses.  The Small Business Forgivable Loan program provided $25 million in forgivable loans of up to $75,000 to small businesses within Kern County, such as restaurants, gyms and salons to directly mitigate the adverse economic impacts of COVID-19.  In addition, the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Support program has provided $5 million in PPE and sanitation supplies to local businesses throughout the county at no charge.  
Text Box: On July 13, Governor Newsom ordered indoor service at all restaurants, bars, movie theaters and certain other businesses to close again. The Board and County Administrative Office staff recognized the severe economic hardship another closure has caused for these businesses, and therefore, the Board of Supervisors approved another $5 million for the Small Business Forgivable Loan program at our meeting on July 28.  The original $25 million of this program had been fully expended and provided direct financial assistance to over 800 Kern County businesses.  
Infection and hospitalization rates in our county are increasing.  Widespread testing in the county, as well as rising community spread of the virus, is resulting in increased infections being reported to the state.  This has landed Kern County on the state’s “Watch List” and the governor issued orders for more restrictions on our county’s businesses and schools.  Controlling this virus and maintaining hospital capacity, including Intensive Care Unit beds, will continue to require a coordinated governText Box: ment response, but it also will require that all of us are taking this virus seriously, and are behaving safely and responsibly.  In an effort to more effectively educate our community, the Board approved $500,000 from Kern’s CARES Act funding to begin a countywide communication campaign for COVID-19 related advertising.  Only by controlling our infection and hospitalization rates will all of our Kern businesses be allowed, by the governor, to reopen.  Be safe, and God bless.  


Supervisor Zack Scrivner, 
District 2
Text Box: 3rd Qtr. Issue
Text Box: August 2020
Text Box: Highlights:
County of Kern COVID-19 Response Update 
New Chamber President
Chamber Building Gets Flooded
Businesses Resort to Patio Dining
Text Box: Rosamond Chamber of Commerce

New Chamber      President

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Rosamond Event Center Update

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Chamber Water   Damage

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September Fest & Parade Canceled

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Patio Dining New Trend

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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

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