Three more deaths due to COVID-19 were reported by the Kern County Public Health Services Department Wednesday morning, bringing total deaths locally to 63.
Separately, a state website monitoring virus outbreaks in nursing homes has reported an outbreak at a fourth Kern County nursing home.
Evergreen Bakersfield Post-Acute Care has 13 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and at least one death, state data shows. At least one healthcare worker at that facility has also tested positive, according to the data, compiled by the California Department of Public Health.
As of Monday, a total of 165 residents at five nursing homes in the county, and 127 healthcare workers at 12 nursing homes, had contracted COVID-19, according to CDPH data. The county has 19 nursing homes, often referred to as skilled nursing facilities, which are primarily regulated by the state and federal government.
In addition to Evergreen, outbreaks have previously been reported at Valley Convalescent, The Orchards and Kingston Healthcare Center, all in Bakersfield.
The county reported 59 new cases of the virus Wednesday, bringing total cases countywide to 4,118.
Hospitalizations ticked up again Wednesday to 118, which includes 43 ICU patients, according to CDPH data.
And after meeting state thresholds for virus containment on Tuesday, Kern County fell below the thresholds on Wednesday.
A county monitoring chart on the state health department website shows Kern is out of compliance for its positivity rate and its increase in hospitalizations.
A county must not have more than 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in a recent 14-day period and a positivity rate above 8 percent in a recent seven-day period, according to state thresholds. Kern is seeing 93.1 cases per 100,000 residents and its positivity rate was 8.1 percent on Wednesday.
Additionally, counties that have a 10 percent increase in hospitalized COVID-19 patients during the past three days compared to the previous three days are deemed to be above the acceptable threshold. Kern's rate was 16 percent as of Thursday.
You can see county data at kernpublichealth.com/covid-19_dashboard.