Public Health announces latest COVID-19 facts

Kern County Public Health Michelle Corson– There are 1,630 newly reported confirmed cases in Kern County bringing our total confirmed cases as of February 22 to 233,501. (As Monday was a holiday, Tuesday’s Dashboard reflects a 3-day period)

There are 6 new deaths being reported and a total of 2,107 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The 7-day case rate is 36.8 per 100,000.

As of Monday, 1,138,455 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Kern County residents. 55% of Kern’s eligible population and 51% of Kern’s total population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As of Monday, Kern County had 120 COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 26 are in the ICU.

“It is very encouraging to see our daily cases continue to decline,” says Brynn Carrigan, Director of Kern County Public Health Services. “Now is the time to strengthen our overall health and prepare for any future variants by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as well as getting vaccinated and boosted.”

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom released the SMARTER Plan as the next phase of California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Plan continues the preparation, flexibility and systems that we have developed during this pandemic to make us smarter and better prepared for future emergencies. “COVID is likely to be in Kern for the near future, if not permanently,” says Carrigan. “We need to learn to safely live with the presence of this disease, but also remain ready to respond to potential future surges.”

In addition to our countywide infrastructure of partner testing sites, we coordinate mobile COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites throughout the county and a map with this information can be found on our website: https://kernpublichealth.com/covid-19-vaccination-and-testing/.

Story First Published: 2022-02-25