Editor's Note: This story has been changed to reflect that county-level data was not available on age ranges, genders and racial and ethnic background of COVID-19 deaths in Kern County. Only statewide figures for these demographics were available; therefore, the demographic information was an estimate of who has died from the virus in Kern County.
While precise demographic information on the 97 local people who have succumbed to the coronavirus outbreak is not yet available, it's possible to get a sense of who they may be using statewide figures.
The information is limited, a mere sketch of the age, gender and race/ethnicity of those who've died. ((Kern County public health officials have declined to release this information on their own, citing state privacy laws.)
It indicates that Kern's victims are most likely to be 65 and older, male and Latino — but collectively span a range of ages and identities.
The information presented here provides an outline of the lives lost locally from the virus with the acknowledgement that so much remains unknown about who and what has been lost.