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UPDATE: Kingston Healthcare Center has 134 positive COVID-19 cases; 23 total deaths among nursing facilities

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The Kern County Public Health Services Department said in an update this morning that the state is reporting that 134 people at Kingston Healthcare Center have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The department said that breaks down to 54 workers and 80 residents, with 18 total deaths. 

At Valley Convalescent, KCPH said 19 workers and 40 residents have tested positive and that four residents have died. Only one resident has died so far at the Orchards Post Acute facility.

There are a total of 23 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Kern County, which makes up around 62 percent of the 37 deaths in the county.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County has had 22 deaths at local skilled nursing facilities due to COVID-19 as of today, according to the county Public Health Services Department.

The department said the Kingston Healthcare Center has reported 18 deaths while the Orchards Post-Acute nursing facility has had one death and Valley Convalescent has reported three deaths.

With the county reporting a total of 36 COVID-19 deaths today, the deaths of patients and residents at the three facilities make up more than 60 percent of total deaths, according to the county data.

County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop said at least 206, or 11 percent, of the 1,951 total positive cases reported so far are patients or residents at the three skilled nursing facilities.

According to the California Department of Public Health website, Kingston Healthcare Center has reported 28 deaths. However, KCPH said it is aware of only 18 deaths.

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