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Kern Public Health: 373 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths reported Thursday

Kern County Public Health reported 373 new coronavirus cases and 12 new deaths on Thursday.

That brings the total to 145,962 COVID-19 cases in Kern County, with 1,644 deaths, since the pandemic began.

As of Thursday, there were 227 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in local hospitals, an increase of one from the day before. Seventy-six of those patients were held in intensive care units, four more than the previous day.

Since Jan. 21, 97.14 percent of all local cases have occurred in unvaccinated individuals, according to KCPH. The Health Department says roughly 97.43 percent of hospitalizations have occurred in the unvaccinated.

Broken down by age, 22,287 children below 18 have contracted the virus, followed by 85,989 people aged 18 to 49, 24,978 people aged 50 to 64 and 12,593 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.