The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 12 new COVID-19 deaths and 1,893 new coronavirus cases Tuesday morning.

There have now been 16,706 total COVID-19 cases identified in Kern during the pandemic. The county has confirmed 135 virus-related deaths during that time.

According to county data, 5,399 Kern residents have recovered from the virus. State data shows 260 COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at local hospitals, with 64 in the ICU.

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Gene Pool Chlorinator

@LoveOurFlag:

Nope- try again, you failed to actually read what I wrote- I said the problem with cloth masks is twofold- they don't provide adequate protection and two- they are giving people a false sense of security, so they aren't practicing social distancing, which is more important.

The CDC has never said cloth masks WILL prevent the spread- they use words like "may" or "might" help. They chose their words very carefully- maybe you should as well?

Blaming me for people not doing what they should be is liking blaming Ben and Jerry for people dying of obesity and/or diabetes-related issues. People like you continue to look to blame others, rather than accept personal responsibility for your actions.

LoveOurFlag

You did it again. You still refuse to see your complicity. You are continually suggesting the wearing of a cloth mask is useless or even detrimental. So, people who respect you would take that information in and decide not to cover.

The cdc uses words very carefully. May help is a pretty good reason to wear one. Or do you disagree with that. ? BUT>>>>>you did not read the cdc guideline on masks... HERE IT IS.

" Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. "

so, again, you are spreading false information. STOP IT.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Good Lord, and I thought Yorkies had reading comprehension issues...

I've never said wearing a cloth mask was useless or detrimental- EVER.

I've said (truly) that people are getting a false sense of security wearing cloth masks, so they are not distancing (which is actually more important). If you don't believe me, you can go to Costco, or other big box stores and see groups of people much closer than 10 feet, talking and carrying on. I don't think most would be doing the same if they didn't have masks on...

As far as the CDC, this is from the first line (highlighted in its own section at the very top) of the "About Masks" section:

"A mask may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others."

Again, notice the word "may"- it's used over and over again, along with "might".

Not sure why you keep arguing- there's no mention of "will" anywhere.

And if you think I have some kind of magical sorcerer's power to influence other's behavior, you haven't read many posts around here have you?? LOL

Masked 2020

bye bye Anthony........the TrumpsFamily's newest Covid Fighter.......‘Demon sperm’ and ‘Alien DNA’ trend, inducing eye-rolls following media dive into doctor touting HCQ as Covid-19 cure

Masked 2020

Well of course I Voted for HRC and I thought NakedDon was just a RealityShow ConMan....but I didn't think he could be this bad..... he is really really bad...and both my parents died with me of dementia..

LoveOurFlag

We're number ONE, we're number ONE. give us a job and we get it DONE. GOOOOOO kern ! Yes, it IS the orange ones fault. You can deny, you can say masks don't help, you can say it's all a hoax. You can NOT argue with a virus.

I voted for trump last time because I truly despised hillary. This time I would vote for a banana slug before voting for the sociopath we now have. He is KILLING us. WAKE UP.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@LOF: It's POTUS' fault because people aren't doing what they need to do to stop the spread? Pretty interesting statement there- care to explain it more completely?

Contact tracing here shows the vast majority of cases are from originating in the home- not restaurants, bars or salons. One family member (likely an 18-30 year old) is going out with friends, not caring about precautions, getting exposed, then bringing it home to their family. I think your anger should be directed at those that are directly affecting us here, rather than using POTUS as a scapegoat. You can argue about the federal response, but the feds aren't responsible for what's happening here right now...

RealPatriot

Yes Trump deserves plenty of blame. He definitely hasn’t encouraged masks.

He is THE Fed. Please share your link that shows “the vast majority of cases are originating at home” ....I’ve missed that info being provided. In fact I’ve heard our contact tracing locally is woefully inadequate.

Veritas

And so does Pelosi and many other politicians in positions of higher authority.

There are many articles showing that large family units are pushing the number of cases up. As an example: https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-households-spread-coronavirus-families-navajo-california-second-wave-11591553896. You’ve heard our contract tracing locally is woefully inadequate? Where is your proof of this? I have not seen or read any factual information that confirms your statement.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@RP, OK, so now you want to play the semantics game with "fault" vs. "blame"?

Wow, that's awesome, but other than N95 masks, your cloth mask is not a magic shield that will protect you (or others) from the virus.

Keeping distance and washing your hands will do more for you than wearing a cloth mask.

One man is NOT the Fed- if that was the case, we'd truly have a king, like Cajones insinuates, but that's not the case- go back to 7th grade Civics class to review our three branch system of government, then get back to me.

LoveOurFlag

you know what ? you are right. Anger SHOULD be directed at those responsible here locally. YOU. Your attitudes and statements of false information contribute to the idiocy we see here in bakersfield.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

LOF: OK oh omniscient one, which one of my "statements of false information" are you referring to?

And if you think I have that kind of pull by posting on a local newspaper's website, I have a bridge to sell you in Arizona...

Must be nice to be so simple minded to constantly point the finger anywhere you want and justify it through your own confirmation bias.

It's people like YOU that march lock step with other half-wits that are the real problem.

casones

KERN COUNTY VOTED FOR KING TRUMP. KERN COUNTY AND PRINCESS MCCARTHY FOLLOW WHAT THEIR KING SAYS AND DOES. INCLUDING NOT WEARING A MASK AND GATHERING TOGETHER. YOU ARE CLEARLY SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA, WHEN YOU STATE " I think your anger should be directed at those that are directly affecting us here,". THE KING TRUMP AFFECT IS WHAT IS INFECTING US! THE WHINER IS NOW CRYING THAT FAUCI'S APPROVAL IS HIGHER THAN HIS. AFTER 3 MONTHS, YOUR KING RETURNED TO VIRUS BRIEFINGS. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT WAS? YOUR KING ALSO RETURNED TO BRIEFINGS WITHOUT MEDICAL EXPERTS! WHY DO YOU THINK THAT WAS? YOU KING IS CLEARLY SOLELY CONCERNED ABOUT HIMSELF AND HIMSELF ONLY! YOUR KING GETS TESTED EVERY DAY AND AMERICANS ARE WAITING 2 WEEKS TO GET THE RESULTS OF ONE TEST! WHY IS YOUR KING GETTING DAILY TESTS IF HE BELIEVES SO MUCH IN HYDROXYCHLORAQUIN? THAT SAYS IT ALL!

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Cajones, you're blaming Trump for things people are doing here locally? Seriously?

The cloth mask "science" is not settled- even the CDC doesn't claim it stops the spread- read their website if you don't believe me.

If there's anyone suffering from any mental illness here it's you and your unhinged rants- h3ll, you can't even decide when to take your CAPS LOCK off, mental midget!

And, again, for the 100th time, when do we get to see MrKnowNothingAtAll come back? You really aren't fooling anyone with this new name...

proto

Modeling best practices from the top is what leadership is all about. If you cannot blame POTUS, at the very least you can admit that he has not been a role model that supports putting out this virus flame. I agree also that KC is one of the worst county models in California -- which is why we are experiencing 1,000 + cases some days. But please do not blame families. If you had just taken a trip to Lowe's or Home Depot the day after Memorial Day, you would have seen nothing less than a huge Petri dish of Kern residents packed in without masks spewing droplets into the air. And whoever said that cloth masks are not effective has made a choice to not listen to the experts. Please get a grip. Your attitudes endanger lives.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Proto: Thanks for not name calling or going off the rails in your response- it is appreciated.

Sure, POTUS could've been more forceful with recommending ALL methods of avoidance (a lot of politicians could have- especially in the beginning), but we have people here that will never lose an opportunity to blame him for all of our ills. I'm not a water carrier for Trump (I have a number of issues with him in various areas), but too many people find it easy to blame someone else for their own problems.

We all have to take personal responsibility to defeat this virus and that's how we win. Personally, I'm not waiting for Trump, Biden, or any other politician to save us- we have a poor track record in that regard. I live my life, taking necessary precautions and I keep moving forward.

I'm not blaming families- only mentioning that contact tracing has shown that the majority of cases have originated in the home, not from restaurants, gyms, etc and this is primarily because the 18-30 year olds are becoming infected at an alarming rate, then bringing the virus back into the home, where other family members are getting it. If you don't believe me, head out to Riverwalk Park (Pokemon parties) or the skatepark at Beach Park and you'll see tons of young people in close proximity- practicing NO methods of virus control.

Also, the science in cloth masks is mixed at best- the only masks recommended by the CDC are N95 (or higher) masks. Cloth masks do not offer the same level of protection. My concern there is that I think too many people are being sold on cloth masks being a magic bullet to avoid getting (or passing COVID) and so they tend to not distance as much (it's OK, I'm wearing a mask), or practice other tried and true methods of virus mitigation. That's all, and I've never said I don't wear one myself- I'll do my part as we are in all in this together.

casones

The Trump virus in Kern county began in 2016, when 129,000 Kern residents voted for this morbidly obese orangutan, Maurice Trump, from Planet of the Apes. There are millions of voters like you that have changed their minds. Thank God, you see the light. I don't blame you for voting for something different in 2016, but 160,000 (still growing) dead was not worth it. This orangutan already had an acceptable number for the dead in his weak mind, when he said, "He saved millions of lives!" SO IF THE FINAL NUMBER OF DEAD IS LESS THAN A MILLION, HE AND HIS PLANET OF THE APES ADMINISTRATION WILL CALL THEMSELVES MOSES. REMEMBER TWO MONTHS AGO, JARED CLAIMED "VICTORY" AND PENCE SAID, "THIS WILL BE LARGELY BEHIND US BY MEMORIAL DAY" THEY NOW HAVE AN ACCEPTABLE NUMBER OF CHILDREN'S DEATHS IN MIND BY FORCING SCHOOLS TO OPEN. WHATEVER THAT NUMBER IS, AMERICANS SHOULD BE APPALLED IF JUST 1 CHILD DIES FROM THE VIRUS BECAUSE OF ATTENDING SCHOOL IN PERSON

PedoHater

This county is Trump Country....full of sub 80 IQ mental midgets

Vico17

Poor things. Bless your hearts.

Bodysnatcher

LOL!!

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Pedo: Yes, and you prove that with every post.

When are you going to change your name, anyway??

Bodysnatcher

He's just upset because he knows he'll never reach the high level IQ of 80 which dweebous has set for him and his kind. Bless his heart. LOL!!!

LoveOurFlag

You asked me to show one time you have posted misinformation. You then proceeded to post misinformation in your very next reply, and I quote "your cloth mask is not a magic shield that will protect you (or others) from the virus."

No, cloth masks are not a magic bullet but, you are discounting the wearing of them entirely. THAT is misinformation and dangerous.

AND I also quotre you here "Also, the science in cloth masks is mixed at best- the only masks recommended by the CDC are N95 (or higher) masks."

IF you actually go to the CDC website you will READ that they DO recommened cloth facial coverings as a means of source control. YOU are part of the problem GPC. YOU are spreading false information which can cause people to die.

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