With the average number of coronavirus cases climbing over the last several weeks, Kern County officials are watching and waiting in case state regulators force some industries to shut down after just recently reopening.

While hovering around 30 new COVID-19 cases per day during the most stringent part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, Public Health Services Assistant Director Brynn Carrigan said Monday that the county was now averaging around 50 new cases per day.

“This is a good opportunity to remind our community of the obligation we all have to implement these protective measures to slow down the rate of transmission of COVID-19,” Carrigan said during a Monday press conference.

She added that multiple factors played into the increase, such as additional testing the county’s implemented and the ability for asymptomatic individuals to receive coronavirus tests.

“That is a helpful tool for us,” she said, “because then we are able to have those individuals who have no symptoms that do test positive identify that early and have them be under self-isolation so that they are not transmitting COVID-19 to anybody else within our community.”

Should Kern exceed certain metrics through a rise in cases, Carrigan said, the county would need to discuss possible actions with the state.

The state and county fund nine testing sites throughout Kern. County spokeswoman Megan Person said nearly 6,100 tests have been given at those sites over the last 35 days.

The county reported Monday that 33,369 residents had been tested for the virus with 8 percent, or 2,794, testing positive. Of the positive cases, 2,690 have either recovered or are recuperating at home. The new surge in cases comes as more businesses have been allowed to reopen and hundreds of protesters have gathered throughout Bakersfield for more than a week.

Carrigan said the county was happy to see businesses start reopening and as long as customers and employees followed guidelines, there was relatively low risk of coronavirus spread. As for the protests, she added that any time large groups of people from different households gather in one place, concerns arise for an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The county has implemented several measures in support of local small businesses that have struggled through the state’s imposed shutdown. So far, the county has provided more than $1 million in forgivable loans to small businesses, and plans to support 5,000 small businesses with handouts of personal protective equipment.

“We think this is going to be incredibly helpful for our local small business community to assist them in a very trying time,” Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop said.

The small business loans are still available. Visit kerncounty.com for more information.

You can reach Sam Morgen at 661-395-7415. You may also follow him on Twitter @smorgenTBC.

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Masked 2020

Jerry Todd......normal flu season?.......1000 deaths a day in July?

Jerry Todd

Mostly in elder care facilities, especially were stupid governors order infected people into those places that are unprepared for them.

Jerry Todd

mgwood I had Asian flu in college in the 1950's. It was nasty. I got dehydrated and ended up in the University hospital for 2 days. I felt weakness for a good six months afterward. I'll agree Covid - Chinese virus can be nasty, but the death rate isn't out of line with normal flu seasons. Reporting has been highly suspicious. About as suspicious as I became when you showed your true colors by blasting the President. So, continue the lockdown, destroy the economy and wait for Bill Gates' eugenic vaccine. You're just PO'ed because Trump followed the advice of the panel of experts, took care of irresponsible Blue state governors and mayors needs, and when he wised up to the game set forth to re-open the economy.

My suggestion for you is to lock yourself in the bathroom, where you have full use of the facilities and plenty of water to drink. Take some snacks with you.

Moardeeb

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HEALTH NEWSFact CheckedHere’s Why COVID-19 Is Much Worse Than the Flu

Written by Shawn Radcliffe on May 14, 2020 — Fact checked by Jennifer Chesak

Share on PinterestExperts note that COVID-19 has a higher hospitalization rate, as well as a higher death rate than the flu. It’s also more infectious, and there’s no vaccine yet. Fabrizio Villa/Getty Images

Experts say there are a number of reasons why COVID-19 is a more serious illness than the seasonal flu.They point out there’s no vaccine yet for COVID-19 and community-wide immunity hasn’t built up.COVID-19 is also more infectious than the flu and has a higher death rate.COVID-19 also has a higher rate of hospitalizations.

Knowledge is powerful.

casones

Not only do we not know the long term effects of the coronavirus, this King Trumper is living proof of long term effects of 1950's Asian flu. Delirium and ignorance. THE NORMAL FLU HAS NEVER KILLED 115,000 IN 3 MONTHS! The only thing King Rump has done is limit travel from China, YET THE VIRUS GOT HERE ANYWAY! Great job King Rump. The ONLY people who controlled the spread were BLUE STATE governors and mayors. Thanks to King Rump's demand to reopen, there will be no second wave because the first wave is now a tsunami! Get ready for a whole lot of "RED" coffins! You deserve it! Too bad the Asian flu didn't take you out years ago.

Jerry Todd

I should report you for being stupid ignorant and making threats. Get your facts straight enjoy them with me and rejoicing that I’m 85 years old more than willing to discuss anything with you when you get your head screwed on straight.

Veritas

Again Casones(aka Mrknowitall) you can’t even call it like it is, you just ramble on about partisan make believe. The BLUE state of New York did a heck of a job controlling the spread. Might want to think before you write next time.

Please, please take Mr. Todd up on his offer to have a discussion with you. I for one would pay to see that!

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Veritas- don't feed the troll facts, you'll just hurt what's left of his little mind...

Chad Hathaway

*spread of the virus

REMUDA

In 1993 "The Fugitive" movie, Harrison Ford yelled: "I didn't kill my wife . . . !" (She tested positive)

Tommy Lee Jones shouted back:

"I DON'T CARE . . . !"

('nuff said)

Catherineocds

Tell the protesters to stay home and quit ruining it for the rest of us

Boogerface Nutter

You know, it doesn't cost anything, even your presumed manhood, to wear a mask when you're going to be among people.

Some people think it's funny or ridiculous but I know three people who have had Corvid19 and they'll tell you it was some bad stuff with big time, long-lasting repurcussions. Two were 40 to 53. They were worst but, after over a month recovered mostly. The other was 73. He was bad but not as bad as his wife.

For the humor of UnionPacific...that's a hard way to produce antibodies

Moardeeb

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Experts say there are a number of reasons why COVID-19 is a more serious illness than the seasonal flu.They point out there’s no vaccine yet for COVID-19 and community-wide immunity hasn’t built up.COVID-19 is also more infectious than the flu and has a higher death rate.COVID-19 also has a higher rate of hospitalizations.

Jerry Todd

I'm 85 with chronic asthma and sinusitis. I try to be practical by minimizing my out times, but I'm not going to panic like all too many young people have been afflicted with. Death rates are from my age group in long care elderly facilities. Of course these folks have all kinds of maladies. Comes with the territory.

A young lady from Madera county fell off her horse and ruptured n artery in her stomach. She bled to death. The Death certificate read, "Covid-19". The parents refused to sign it until it was changed.

How many times is this repeated because hospitals get $19,000 for a Covid diagnosis and $39,000 if on a ventilator.

Put me on an ice floe first like the Inuits do to their grandparents when they are no longer functional.

Moardeeb

Omg. America is doomed. We deserve it.

Veritas

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”, said Chicken Little (‘deeb). The rest of the parable is also apropos to what is still going on with the VID. Just practice basic hygiene tenets, social distance and wear a mask when going around groups of people and get out of mommy’s basement. Geez

Unionpacific

OMG! people are testing postive. which means, omg, that oh lord. that their immune system is actually producing...antibodies. aaaarh

Moardeeb

Bakersfield you are a lost cause.

Unionpacific

If 2700 test positive they don't need the vaccination which has not been fully tested. Their immune systems created the antibodies for the virus and when covid comes back in the Fall, which is just a few months from now. They will have a defense for it.

mgwood

The SARS-CoV-2 strain of virus is so new there is absolutely no proof having the disease and recovering from it brings lifetime immunity to the victim. As is the case with a possible cure and a vaccine, more research must be done. This is not a movie where the whole thing is solved forever in 60 minutes (TV) or 2 hours (theater production. Take simple precautions and protect yourself and others. This is not rocket science. Forget what Trump is saying and listen to someone intelligent.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Says our resident Chicken Little.

If we are a lost cause, crawl out from under your dining room table and move somewhere that isn't... Problem solved...

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