Seven new deaths from COVID-19 were reported Wednesday morning by the Kern County Public Health Services Department, bringing the total to 36.
The deaths occurred in the period between May 20 and Sunday, county data shows. Of the 36, 22 were among residents of three skilled nursing facilities in Bakersfield.
According to Matt Constantine, the Kern County Public Health Services director, 18 were residents at Kingston Healthcare Center, three were residents at Valley Convalescent Hospital and one was a resident at The Orchards Post Acute.
State data showed that hospitalizations for the virus reached a high of 59 on Tuesday, with 24 of those cases in the ICU.
The county also reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Total cases since March 17 has now reached 1,951, of which 1,284 have recovered.