Kern County officials announced 22 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
That brings total cases to 1,547. There have been 25 deaths so far, and county leaders said 13 of those deaths were among residents at nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities.
Kingston Healthcare Center in Bakersfield, one of those facilities with a large outbreak, had a total of 49 health care workers and 75 residents who have tested positive for the virus as of Friday, said Matt Constantine, Kern County's director of public health services. Twelve residents there have died from the virus.
The situation at Kingston was so bad that the state sent some three dozen health care workers in as part of a medical strike team to assist with care of residents at the beginning of the month. Those workers will soon be leaving, Constantine said.
Valley Convalescent Hospital in Bakersfield, another facility being monitored for an outbreak, has had 17 residents and nine health care workers test positive for the virus as of Friday, Constantine said.