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Public Health: 5 new deaths, 614 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday

Kern County Public Health reported five new coronavirus deaths and 614 new cases on Thursday.

The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Kern now totals 1,478 while the total number of cases is now 126,250.

According to state data, 330 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Kern, 58 of whom are in the ICU.

No new variants were reported Thursday, although not every case is analyzed for the presence of virus mutations. There have been 133 instances of the delta variant reported in Kern County, along with 73 cases of the alpha variant, four cases of the gamma variant and 3 cases of the beta variant.

Broken down by age, 16,961 children aged infant to 17 have contracted COVID-19, along with 75,890 people aged 18 to 49, 22,174 people aged 50 to 64 and 11,159 people aged 65 and older.

Since Jan. 21, 0.09 percent of coronavirus cases have been reported in people who have been vaccinated, and 0.006 percent of people hospitalized have been vaccinated.

The public can find more data on the Kern County Public Health COVID-19 dashboard at

The health department is reminding residents that you 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 vaccine.