Public Health officials confirm 903 new cases of COVID-19

August 9, 2021 /

The Kern County Public Health Department confirmed Monday 903 new cases of COVID-19 — the highest number of confirmed cases in Kern over a span of three days since the state lifted COVID-19 restrictions in mid-June.

Not only are COVID-19 cases in Kern County rising, so are the number of patients being hospitalized in Kern County hospitals. As of Saturday, 151 patients with COVID-19 were being hospitalized, according to the California Department of Public Health. This is a significant jump from where Kern was at nearly a month ago, when just 34 patients were being hospitalized on July 11, according to CDPH.

Of these patients, 33 are in the intensive care unit, an increase from nearly a month ago when just seven patients were in the ICU on July 11.

Kern County has had a total of 115,910 COVID-19 cases and a total of 1,429 COVID-19 deaths, according to Kern Public Health. Of these deaths, the majority have had underlying health conditions. Some of the most common underlying health conditions include hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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