The Kern County Public Health Services Department announced Tuesday 180 new people had contracted COVID-19, a daily number that was lower than several recent days. The department said 12 people had died from the virus, one of the higher amounts Public Health has announced in a single day.

Overall, 26,968 Kern County residents have been stricken with COVID-19, along with 10 non-residents, and 216 residents have died.

The health department says more women than men have tested positive for the disease, with 52.7 percent of the total coming from women and 47.3 coming from men.

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whining away the pandemic doesn't seem to be working........By Hailey Branson-Potts Aug. 17, 202011 AM Kern County has become one of the worst coronavirus hot spots in the nation, with infections spreading rapidly through food processing plants, agricultural communities and other places in Bakersfield and small rural towns. But the response to the crisis has been hampered by growing battles between state and local officials, with Kern County leaders complaining that they have been stymied by mixed messages and bureaucratic red tape.

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