The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kern County jumped by 42 on Wednesday, the highest number of new cases in a single day so far since the county reported its first positive COVID-19 test March 17.
The new total rose to 309 cases as of Wednesday afternoon.
Data updated by the state Wednesday showed 28 COVID-19 patients were being treated in local hospitals as of Tuesday, a slight uptick up from 24 the day before, and 14 of those patients, or half of all hospitalized patients, were in the ICU, up from 12 the day before.
Two people have died so far from the virus but there have been no new deaths since last week.
A total of 5,675 tests have been administered in the county, and 2,181 are pending results.