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10% of Shafter has coronavirus

The city is still being bombarded by new coronavirus cases, as there were 127 new cases last week. This brings the total of confirmed cases in Shafter to 2,450.

This figure is very high on a case per population graphic. For example, in the Bakersfield 93308 area code, which includes Oildale and northern parts of Bakersfield, they have a population of over 50,000 people and have just 600 more confirmed cases of the virus than Shafter, with our population of just over 20,000 people. This calculates to about 10% of our population.

The city is working hard to slow the spread of the virus, with the continuation of the Wear to Care mask campaign, which has gained a lot more support in recent weeks. The city is also providing suggestions to prevent the spread of the virus.

City buildings are still closed to the public, with customers being served at a window at the back, in the alleyway.

They also are working to repair the damage done to the IT system that took place when the system suffered a malware attack that caused the systems to be shut down. Utility bills can still be paid at the window. During this time, they will not be imposing late fees to bills that are not paid by the posted due date.

Restaurants in town went back to take-out and delivery options, with a number of the businesses offering a full menu.

Local stores have stayed open with face covering and social distancing guidelines in place, helping to keep the customers and staff safe and healthy.

For more information on the city's services that are offered in this time of the pandemic, call the city hall building at 661-746-5001.


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