924 new COVID-19 cases were reported as of August 16 according to the Kern County Public Health Services, bringing the total number of cases to 118,025 with a death total of 1,436.
A total of 73 Alpha variant cases have been reported along with 109 Delta variant cases, which is said to be about twice as transmissible as the original virus. The department says that a total of 113,415 people have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 330,697 people are fully vaccinated, but cases are increasing steadily.
According to state reports, there are currently 189 people in the hospital with more severe symptoms of the virus. 37 people are in the ICU.
With the Delta variant causing more infections, getting vaccinated is more important than ever. Brynn Carrigan, Director of Public Health said that getting vaccinated is the fastest and safest way to develop immunity against COVID-19. She also said that it is important to still wear a mask, even if you are fully vaccinated, and practice social distance to limit the transmission of COVID-19.
With the return of school it is important that we all get vaccinated in order to protect ourselves and those around us. Back to School Vaccination Clinics are now open at the Kern County Fairgrounds.
“We enjoy helping local families prepare for back to school each year by providing our annual vaccination clinic,” says Brynn Carrigan, Director of Kern County Public Health Services. “This is an exciting time for families and getting your children up to date on vaccinations is not only required for school, but ensures they are safe and protected against numerous diseases.”
Vaccination clinic dates and times:
• August 16 – 18 from 8AM to 6PM
• August 19 from 8AM to 5PM
• August 20 from 8AM to noon
To find a COVID-19 vaccination site near to you and schedule an appointment go to MY.TURN.CA.GOV.