The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 11 new coronavirus deaths and 474 new cases Thursday.
New daily cases of COVID-19 in Kern County have dipped and so have hospitalizations for those with the virus, but hospitals are still being clobbered by record-high patient levels.
Hours from inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused on what might have been his triumphal entrance to Washington Tuesday evening to mark instead the national tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic with a moment of collective grief for Americans lost.
Contact tracers are working at the Kern County Fairgrounds as Kern County Public Health Services ramps up to offer COVID019 vaccines at the site.
A Bakersfield family who lost four loved ones in one week, all of whom had recently battled COVID-19, is raising money to cover their funeral expenses as it tries to come to terms with the scale of its loss.
As more and more Kern County residents become eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, the number of distribution sites has expanded.
A public vaccination clinic will open at the Kern County Fairgrounds next week and will ramp up efforts in the coming weeks to eventually vaccinate 5,000 people a day, according to the county's top public health official.
Local hospital officials put out an urgent call Wednesday for blood plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 in order to treat patients hospitalized with serious illness from the virus.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Kern County continued its upward trajectory Friday, with Kern County Public Health Services reporting 16 new deaths and 1,941 new cases.
The coronavirus pandemic has tested the limits of the Kern County Fire Department, as scores of employees have come down with the virus.
Hospitals have been offering the first vaccinations against COVID-19 in our community. Just as crucial as properly storing the vaccine or administering shots is the health education that accompanies them.
Data about local COVID-19 cases and deaths is updated regularly by Kern County Public Health Services and the California Department of Public Health. The Californian regularly analyzes the data for trends. Here's what we're noticing:
A field hospital approved earlier this year to go up at the Kern County Fairgrounds is now being eyed as an option to alleviate the increasingly perilous situation in local hospitals due to an influx of COVID-19 patients and the toll created on exhausted nurses and health care workers who ca…
Hospital administrators have worked feverishly in recent weeks to stretch staff and resources to accommodate increased patient loads brought on by the COVID-19 surge, but the influx of patients hasn't stopped. To avoid a situation like what happened in Italy, where so many patients converged…
The Californian spoke in-depth with Christopher Meyers about how local hospitals have prepared to handle an overwhelming number of patients. These excerpts are a combination of written responses provided by Meyers and telephone interviews.
Kern County will remain under the most stringent state restrictions for a few weeks longer as COVID-19 spread continues to accelerate.
Bank of America has announced it donated $668,400 to 19 Kern County nonprofits throughout 2020. The bank focused on alleviating the unprecedented impacts to health, food insecurity, jobs and virtual education through its donations, according to a press release.
Kern County is likely headed into several more weeks of a stringent coronavirus lockdown, although state officials are not expected to make an announcement until Tuesday.
Amy Swidecki was a go-getting, non-stop, single mom and involved grandma, who volunteered with Boy Scouts for more than 20 years and loved her job as an X-ray technician at a local urgent care.
As the coronavirus vaccine becomes more and more widely available, many employers across Kern County are wondering how their workplaces might be impacted.
As another 948 new coronavirus cases were reported Monday by Kern County Public Health, Kern was also identified as a "sustained hotspot" for COVID-19 in a new federal report.
December is already the most stressful time of the year for many Americans, but add a pandemic into the mix and the stress can be too much to handle.
Several locally owned companies have banded together to help inject cash into struggling Bakersfield restaurants and are challenging others to do the same.
The situation in local hospitals continues to intensify as a spike in COVID-19 admissions in recent days has pushed some facilities past their worst points this summer, hospital administrators said Wednesday.
On the day Kern County reported its highest-ever number of new coronavirus cases, the Board of Supervisors extended several measures designed to manage a protracted surge of COVID-19 illnesses.
Local health officials were optimistic Monday the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine will arrive at local hospitals any day now, bringing a glimmer of hope to an increasingly dire situation in Kern County, which is seeing a record level of new cases that foretell many difficult weeks ahead.
Kern County continues to see record-setting levels of new daily coronavirus cases, sustaining a dramatic climb in new cases set in motion following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Close to $1 billion flowed directly to businesses in Kern County this year as part of the Paycheck Protection Program meant to keep small businesses afloat amid the economic fallout of the pandemic, according to federal data released earlier this month.