Kern County Public Health reports 5 new COVID-19 deaths, 138 cases; delta cases jump to 37


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported five new COVID-19 deaths and 138 cases today.

Those numbers bring the county’s totals to 113,071 cases and 1,425 deaths. The department says 41,121 residents have recovered and 68,586 are presumed recovered. An additional 1,904 people are isolating at home and the state is reporting that 82 are in a hospital.

The department said 421,792 tests have come back negative and 247 are pending.

There have been 68,269 cases among residents who are 18 to 49 years old, 20,420 in those 50 to 64 years old, 14,023 in those under 18 and 10,316 cases among residents who are 65 or older, according to public health officials.

Kern County Public Health is reporting that the county has 69 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the United Kingdom, 37 cases of the B 1.617.2 delta variant from India, three cases of the B.1.351 variant from South Africa and three cases of the P.1 gamma variant from Brazil.

Kern County also now has seven cases of the B.1.427 Epsilon variant, a variant of interest according to the CDC.

KCPH has returned to reporting COVID-19 cases Monday through Friday.

Visit to find a COVID-19 vaccination site nearest to you and schedule an appointment.

Residents may contact KCPH’s Call Center at 661-321-3000 anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to have their questions answered about COVID-19.

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