Nearly 800 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Kern County on Monday, continuing a dramatic spike in new case counts that began over the weekend.

On Saturday, nearly 500 new cases were reported and on Sunday more than 700 new cases were reported.

No new deaths have been announced beyond the 105 reported last week.

Total cases so far in the county is now 9,244 and there are now nearly as many people with active infections as there are those who have recovered.

Testing in Kern has soared in the past couple of weeks, likely accounting for at least some of the increase in positives. Nearly 11 percent of the county's population, or over 100,000 people, have been tested for the virus as of Monday, according to the Kern County Public Health Services website.

In the past month, nearly 50,000 tests for the virus among county residents have been processed, the same amount that had been done in the preceding three-month period.

Hospitalizations have continued to hold steady for the past week, with 248 COVID-19 patients reported on Sunday, 64 of whom were in the ICU.

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Veritas

The article says that, “nearly 50,000 tests have been processed in the past month”, and that the same amount had been processed in the preceding three month period. Common sense should tell you that the number of positives is going to be greater, but the rate of people testing positive will be less. It should show everyone that the true number of infected is much higher than what test results show.

For you leftist doomsayers: the world is not ending, at least the real world anyway. And for you deniers: the virus is real and obviously very contagious, so wear a face covering, stay at least 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash/sanitize your hands regularly. Let’s stop the partisan bs and beat this so we can all get back to normal, whatever your normal is...

casones

WHAT A CLOWN! LEFTIST DOOMSDAYERS? THIS CLOWN DOES NOT EVEN HAVE THE COURAGE TO STATE "RIGHT WING" DENIERS! ALWAYS DENIGRATE THE LEFT WHILE CODDLING THE RIGHT! THE "RIGHT" HOLDS THE PRESIDENCY, VEEP, SENATE, ADMINISTRATION, AND LEADERS AT EVERY FEDERAL AGENCY! THE "RIGHT" LED BY MCCONNELL AND MCCARTHY HAVE COMPLETELY IGNORED AND STALLED ADDITIONAL "LEFT" STIMULUS PACKAGES TAKING A WAIT AND SEE APPROACH! NOW, THIS WEEK THE "RIGHT" SAYS WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING THIS WEEK! WHAT A JOKE! THE "LEFT" IN THE HOUSE PASSED A MAJOR BILL WEEKS AGO AUTHORIZING STATE, CITY, COUNTY, TESTING, HOSPITAL, UNEMPLOYMENT ETC FUNDING WHICH SAT ON PRINCESS MCCONNEL'S DESK AND PRINCESS MCCARTHY DID NOT THINK OUR COUNTRY NEEDED IT! NOW, THE RIGHT IS IN A HURRY AND THEIR LITTLE BLAME GAME WILL START WITH THE "LEFT" HOLDING UP THE "RIGHT'S" STIMULUS! AND THIS CLOWN SAYS "LET'S STOP THIS PARTISAN BS" BLAH BLAH ""WEAR A FACE COVERING, 6' APART, WASH HANDS" WHILE A COUPLE OF "RIGHT" GOVERNOR'S ARE SUING "LEFT" MAYORS FOR SIGNING MASK ORDERS! THE ONLY PARTISAN BS IS THE FROM THE "RIGHT"! THE RIGHT HAS SET RECORDS, IN DEFICIT, CASES, DEATHS, UNEMPLOYMENT, BANKRUPTCIES, EVICTIONS, THE LARGEST U.S. MASS SHOOTING IN VEGAS IN HISTORY, MILITARY WAR ON AMERICAN STREETS IN PORTLAND, BANS ON TRAVELLING AMERICANS, AND THE "RIGHT" HAS MADE US THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD!

Unruly Panda

Contrary to our tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist's belief, Covid19 tests are not double-reported. Each person represents a unique case file and tests are tied to that file. Obviously our little collander-head will continue to believe the urban myths to which he subscribes, but the reality does not support the paranoia.

Masked 2020

for all the non-believers....... put your mask on.......stay at home as able.....and Vote Blue in 2020......Local hospitals seek 'hundreds' more workers as surge looms

BY STACEY SHEPARD sshepard@bakersfield.com 13 hrs ago

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Yorkies- you can't even copy and paste correctly!

I can see why you love Joe so much! LOL

casones

KEEP DRINKING YOUR WATER WITH TWO SHAKING HANDS, USE A GENERAL AS SUPPORT FOR WALKING DOWN A 2 DEGREE SLOPING 10' RAMP, PRAISE THE "UNITED SHATES OF AMERICA" DRINK YOUR CHLORINE AND REMEMBER THE CHRISTMAS TREE BULBS WHICH SHOULD EASILY FIT DOWN YOUR THROAT!

Inconvenient Truth

Dirty little secret:

Positive follow-up tests from those who previously tested positive are being doubled (and triple, and quadruple) counted.

Yes, it’s true.

After someone tests positive, employers as well as doctors are often requiring additional testing (for antibodies, or to see if an employee is safe to go back to work).

These follow-up tests are being counted as new cases, when they are not.

casones

WHO CARES? NO CONCERNS ABOUT 142,000 DEAD! OR ARE THEY BEING DOUBLE, TRIPLE, QUADRUPLE COUNTED? YOU DEMAND PRECISION! CONCISE, CORROBORATED RESULTS! IMMEDIATE UNDENIABLE RECORDS! KING TRUMP HAS HAS GIVEN A CLEAR PATH FOR ALL AGENCIES TO FOLLOW IN THEIR REPORTING STRUCTURES. THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES! KING TRUMP HAS SAID, "IT WILL MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR!". HE TOLD WALLACE, "EVENTUALLY, I WILL BE RIGHT!" FROM NOW ON KERN COUNTY, THE TRUTH REQUIRES YOU TO USE "MAGICALLY" AND "EVENTUALLY" IN REPORTING YOUR CASES!

Moardeeb

President Trump said it's just the sniffles. I think he should voluntarily get infected to prove it to us.

MrGuy

The real question readers want to know:

Will "independent" voter tell their friends and family when they get infected?

Will the Californian do an in depth interview with the person behind the comments?

Let's learn more about the representative of Bakersfield's silent majority.

Moardeeb

Silent minority you mean. He lost the popular vote by 3 million lol.

Illumi_Naughty

They were both in the minority because nobody had more than half of the popular vote.

Sec. Clinton did win with a plurality but no majority.

casones

YET, NAUGHTY SAYS THEY WERE BOTH IN THE MINORITY. GO FIGURE. RIGHT WING MATH! IF CLINTON GOT ONE MORE POPULAR VOTE THAN TRUMP IT IS STILL A MAJORITY. 3 MILLION IS A WIPE OUT!

Illumi_Naughty

casones, one more in the popular vote is not a majority. Obviously your left wing math.

Per Merriam's Dictionary, Majority: a number or percentage equaling more than half of a total

Neither candidate got more than half the total number of votes, so that is a plurality.

Educate yourself.

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