Viruses constantly change through mutation, so new variants of a virus are expected. They naturally mutate as they spread through a population and happen by chance.
Multiple Kern County-based companies and facilities have received fines from the state these past few months for not following COVID-19 infection prevention in the workplace.
These fines, issued between October to December of 2020, were issued to five companies based in Wasco and one in Bakersfield.
The Kern County Public Health Department announced Friday it is moving into the next tier of its vaccination plan, now allowing for more Kern residents to receive the vaccine.
As Kern’s hospitals get closer to reaching max capacity, local emergency medical services are forced to become the temporary emergency departments for many patients seeking ambulances during this COVID-19 surge.
Some medical experts say taking COVID-19 precautions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, will likely decrease the number of Valley Fever cases.
In just two months, Kern County went from having less than 5,000 active cases of COVID-19 to having more than 50,000 cases during the holiday season.