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Kern Public Health: 316 new coronavirus cases, 24 deaths reported Wednesday

Kern County Public Health reported 316 new coronavirus cases and 24 new deaths on Wednesday.

That brings the total number of cases reported in Kern County residents to 153,048, with 1,730 total deaths, since the pandemic began.

According to the state, 242 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Kern County as of Tuesday, 15 more than the day before. The state data says 56 patients were hospitalized in intensive care units, the same as the day before.

Since Jan. 21, 94.58 percent of all cases have been reported in unvaccinated individuals and 95.31 percent of all hospitalizations have occurred among the unvaccinated.

Broken down by age, 24,107 people under the age of 18 have contracted COVID-19, followed by 89,514 people aged 18 to 49, 26,066 people aged 50 to 64 and 13,243 people 65 years old 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 5 or older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.