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Kern Public Health reports 477 new COVID cases, five new deaths

Kern County Public Health reported 477 new coronavirus cases and five new deaths on Wednesday.

The update brings the total number of COVID-19 cases among Kern County residents to 148,261, with 1,657 deaths.

According to state data, 228 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Tuesday, an increase of five from the day before. Seventy-one patients were hospitalized in intensive care units, an increase of five from the previous day.

Since Jan. 21, 96.5 percent of all coronavirus infections have occurred in unvaccinated individuals. Additionally, 97.2 percent of all hospitalizations have been reported among the unvaccinated.

Broken down by age, 22,862 people aged 0 to 17 have contracted COVID-19, along with 87,148 people aged 18 to 49, 25,333 people aged 50 to 64 and 12,806 aged 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.