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Kern County Public Health reports 340 new coronavirus cases, 1 new death Wednesday

Kern County Public Health reported 340 new coronavirus cases and one new death on Wednesday.

The update brings the total number of cases reported in Kern County residents to 143,272, with the total number of deaths at 1,597.

According to state data, 239 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in local hospitals as of Monday, a decrease of 18 from the day before. Seventy-two of those patients were being cared for in intensive care units, ten fewer than the previous day.

Since Jan. 21, 97.41 percent of all cases have been reported in the unvaccinated, while 97.75 percent of hospitalizations have occurred in the unvaccinated.

Broken down by age, 21,591 cases have been reported in people younger than 18, while 84,622 cases have been reported in people aged 18 to 49, 24,569 cases have been reported in people aged 50 to 64 and 12,382 cases have been reported in people 65 and older.

The public can find more data on Kern County Public Health Services' COVID-19 dashboard at

The health department is reminding residents they can find testing locations by going to, clicking on the COVID-19 button and looking for “find a testing site near you."

The public can go to for current vaccination information. Kern County Public Health Services reminds residents that anyone age 12 or older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.