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Eastern Sierra News for June 14, 2024






The Lone Pine COVID-19 testing site at Statham Hall was permanently closed on  Friday, December 9, 2022 due to low utilization. The testing site in Bishop remains open on Mondays and Wednesdays (adjusted days of operation for Holidays; see below)

Inyo County is currently in the MEDIUM transmission level of the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Index.

The Inyo County Public Health team is monitoring levels of several respiratory illnesses circulating through our community, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Influenza, and COVID-19. The spread throughout the community is noticeable and we will continue to see increased cases during the holiday season and winter months. The Public Health team is working closely with healthcare providers to monitor activity and minimize stresses on resources.

Communities across the nation are currently encountering

an over-the-counter shortage of medications that help reduce fevers.

For more information and guidance, download our Fever Reduction Guidance

 [PDF – English] or [PDF – Spanish]

As respiratory virus activity continues, Inyo County Public Health encourages individuals to take the following preventative measures:

  • Everyone 6 months and older are eligible to get a Flu Vaccine and the COVID-19 primary series/bivalent booster vaccines. Vaccines reduce the risk of illness, hospitalization, and death.
    • All vaccines take 10 to 14 days to reach full efficacy.
    • The influenza vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccines may be co-administered.
    • Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccines are available through most healthcare providers, see participants below.
  • Additional prevention measures that are strongly encouraged to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses include:
    • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or hand sanitizer.
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or arm.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Wear a mask.
    • Stay home when sick!

COVID-19 Testing

FREE testing is available every week in Bishop:

**CLOSED on Holidays – Mon. 12/26/22 and Mon. 01/02/23 – The Testing site will be OPEN for additional testing days on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 and Tuesday, January 3, 2023 to ensure access to testing following the winter holidays.



To review current vaccine eligibility guidance, visit the CDPH COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Chart. If you have any questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to email: [email protected]

Face Covering Information

When wearing a mask, consistent and correct use is important: It is only effective if it is worn over your mouth and nose.