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Kern Public Health: 362 new COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths reported Wednesday

Kern County Public Health reported 362 new coronavirus cases and 16 new deaths on Wednesday.

That brings the total up to 145,589 COVID-19 cases in Kern County, with 1,632 deaths.

As of Wednesday, there were 226 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in local hospitals, an increase of six from the day before. Seventy-two of those patients were held in intensive care units, three more than the previous day.

Since Jan. 21, 97.18 percent of all local cases have occurred in unvaccinated individuals, according to KCPH. The Health Department says roughly 97.45 percent of hospitalizations have occurred in the unvaccinated.

Broken down by age, 22,181 children below 18 have contracted the virus, followed by 85,806 people aged 18 to 49, 24,920 people aged 50 to 64 and 12,566 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.

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  • Positive Cases Among Kern Residents: 158,270

  • Deaths: 1,828

  • Recovered and Presumed Recovered Residents: 150,950 

  • Percentage of all cases that are unvaccinated: 92.04

  • Percentage of all hospitalizations that are unvaccinated: 92.62 Updated: 12/3/2021.

  • Source: Kern County Public Health Services Department