The Kern County Public Health Services Department reported 495 new COVID-19 cases Saturday morning. Also Saturday, the county was "flagged" by the state for not meeting metrics regarding cases.

That brings the total case count in Kern to 7,738 since the first was announced March 13. A total of 4,719 of those individuals have recovered from the virus while 2,729 are isolating at home, the county reports.

The number of deaths remains at 105.

This is the age breakdown of the positive cases: 851 people up to age 17; 4,638 people ages 18 to 49; 1,439 people ages 50-64; 800 people ages 65 and older.

According to state data, there are 245 COVID-19 patients being treated in Kern County hospitals, 68 of which are reportedly in intensive care. Those numbers were last updated Thursday.

County health department spokeswoman Michelle Corson explained that on Saturday, Kern was "flagged" by the state for not meeting metrics. If that happens for three consecutive days, then Kern would go on the governor's watchlist on the fourth day.

Then, she said, if Kern was on the state monitoring list for three days, new restrictions set out by Gov. Gavin Newsom would apply to Kern.

Corson emphasized this is how the county understands the guidance at this time, but it could change.

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Gene Pool Chlorinator

Yorkies- you can't make an argument to save your sorry life.

Go back to cutting and pasting- it's easier on your mini-mind.

Your ignorance is sad, but not shocking.

Didn't you also agree with MrKnowNothingAtAll/casones/whoknowswhoelse when they said we'd have 10,000 dead here?

Keep drinking your MSNBC Kool Aid and have a blessed day!

Veritas

The 3.8% COVID-19 death rate you have come up with is not accurate because the true total number of people with COVID-19 is unknown. Some people will have the disease, but never get tested because they have no symptoms or get through it without going to get medical attention. Experts believe the real number of infected is in the area of 20 times the amount of tested positives. That puts the death rate more in the .01% range.

Also, many deaths that were not caused directly by COVID-19, such as death by heart attack, are being reported as a COVID death simply because the person tested positive postmortem but was asymptomatic prior to death. That makes the number of people confirmed to have died of Covid-19 too inaccurate to use in figuring a close to accurate death rate.

Masked 2020

how big of a fire would you like?..... A lot of HumanWoodToBurn still.............DR. MICHAEL OSTERHOLM: Well, to put in perspective, again, look at where we've been. We've probably infected between 7 or 8 percent of the U.S. population to date. That's it. For all the pain, suffering, death, economic disruption, that's it. As we've talked about on this very show, it won't -- this virus won't slow down, even, let alone stop transmission until we get to 50 or 60 percent. To put that into some kind of perspective, Chuck, if we had 65,000 to 70,000 cases a day for the next 365 days, it would just begin to get us to that level. So we have a lot of human wood to burn in this coronavirus forest fire, and, you know, we may see ups and downs in communities where people do take more concern for a moment, because of the severe problems, but I think it's not only likely we're going to see much more than 100,000, but I don’t think people understand that if we don't change our ways, we are in for the next year of those very kinds of numbers.

Veritas

You poor thing, you can’t follow the flow of a comment can you. At this point I doubt very seriously anyone can help you with reading comprehension, but silly me I’ll try again.

Quoting inaccurate information is not good. Correcting inaccurate information is good. There is a big difference between 3.8% and .01%, and if you can’t wrap your mind around that then you are truly beyond helping. The fact that you are doing a cut and paste from another epidemiologist who now says he knew this was coming and that we will have 198,000,000 people infected before things get better is nothing new. Your fellow Dems are some of the worst spreaders, so be useful and reign them in...

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Veritas: I've said it many times, buy Yuckie's forte is not reading comprehension.

"Trying to teach a turnip to sing"- Lamonster

RealPatriot

Experts do not say the number of infected is “in the area of 20 times more” than recorded. No need to lie/exaggerate. The range given by experts is “6-20 times” and varies by location.

Veritas

Are you confused there RP. Yes, there are several experts that say in the area of 20 times the confirmed positives. In your own comment you put up to 20 times, so I guess that makes you a liar/exaggerater as well? As to the varies by location that is already implied. And either way they are just guessing. So, I have no need to exaggerate what they say.

RealPatriot

Hardly lying here, in fact I gave the complete range, “6-20%”, you said it’s IN THE RANGE “of 20%”.......you felt the need to mislead. Why?

Veritas

Wow, you might want to look up the definition of the word range before you make yourself look even worse a third time....

RealPatriot

Nah man, you know you tried to put the number in the area of 20%. And experts don’t get that specific, they give a range. And 20 is definitely the max of any experts range and many experts wouldn’t even go that high with “the range”. You need to put the range there because you want people to believe Covid has a LOW mortality rate. You are fooling no one but yourself. Oh, another study putting the actual number of infected 3-5 times than what’s confirmed.

https://patch.com/california/temecula/100-000-riverside-county-residents-exposed-coronavirus-study

Veritas

Still confused I see. Actually, several experts said it could be much higher than 20 times, not 20%. I have seen several others write as low as 5 times. I am just listing what has been written, I am not part of the world coming to an end narrative that you and others like you cry about every day. I am just listing the worst case scenario because that’s what you doomers want to hear... If you know anything about statistics and percentages, then you’d know you can make them reflect whatever you want just by changing a simple parameter.

Sadly, this pandemic is already bad enough on its own without the political interference from both sides. But you people will keep it going I’m sure.

Masked 2020

Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, in an interview published Friday pushed back on President Trump's claim that 99 percent of coronavirus cases are "harmless," saying that it is "obviously not" the case. “I’m trying to figure out where the president got that number," Fauci told The Financial Times. "What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1 percent. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99 percent is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case." Trump earlier this month said that 99 percent of coronavirus cases are "totally harmless," a claim not backed by evidence. Previous estimates from experts have said about 80 percent of coronavirus cases do not require hospitalization and 20 percent do, though there remains uncertainty about how many cases are going undetected. Overnight Health Care: White House blocks CDC director from

Bodysnatcher

The mortality rate isn't even .5% opossum. It's just below .02%. I don't trust Fauci, especially when he was recorded saying in 2014 or 2015 the next administration WILL have to deal with a major outbreak. He didn't say "possibly" or "maybe", he said WILL. What did he know then that he's not telling us now? Don't fret. all this nonsense will go away after the election.

LoveOurFlag

LOL, I think you need another class in statistics. You trust trump with a proven track record of lying but not Fauci. I believe your judgement is as bad as your statistical analysis.

Moardeeb

Fauci is world renowned has served six Presidents. Believe him. 70% of America is smart. They do.

Bodysnatcher

No, I don’t have to believe him dweeb and no, not all Americans believe or trust him. Your 70% is a delusional number. Just because you and “others” hate Trump, our president, doesn’t mean everyone else feels as you do. I’ll never know what it feels like to live in fear of what might kill me. A person can die walking their doggie.

Unruly Panda

The national death rate is currently at 3.8%. Expressed as a decimal that is 0.038, or basically 38 times greater than the flu. Also, the pandemic is not a hoax created by Democrats to influence the presidential election. Unless you believe that the entire world is conspiring to defeat Trump.

Inconvenient Truth

Went to public school?

Totally innumerate.

casones

As of today the U.S. has 3,781,985 total cases and 142,229 deaths. Even the dumbest of humans (probably excluding you E.T.) can divide 142,229 by 3,781,985 and CALCULATE THE DEATH RATE AS 3.76% FOR A SIMPLETON LIKE YOU WE CAN ROUND THAT OF TO 4% SINCE YOU PROBABLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND DECIMALS. WHERE YOU ARE GETTING YOUR NUMBERS (TRUMPS BRIEFINGS?) I HAVE NO CLUE. 4% OF 3,781,985 CALCULATES TO 142,000 DEATHS! YOU'RE RIGHT THOUGH! THE ELECTION WILL SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS! SINCE THIS VIRUS WILL NOT "MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR" BY NOVEMBER 3RD, AND REPUBLICANS ARE DYING IN TEXAS, ARIZONA, AND FLORIDA, TRUMP WILL BE LED OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IN CUFFS. BY THE WAY, FAUCI WAS SPOT ON! " I don't trust Fauci, especially when he was recorded saying in 2014 or 2015 the next administration WILL have to deal with a major outbreak." WHAT'S NOT TO TRUST?

Illumi_Naughty

You can't make the necessary calculation without knowing the denominator. We have no idea how many people are actually carrying the virus, therefore, we cannot correctly determine the mortality percentage.

Boris25

So, please explain why the death rate,from COVID 19, in Kern County stands at .0135%. If "cases are going undetected" then the death rate is lower as well as the percentage of 'cases requiring hospitalization"

Boris25

Anthony Fauci, has been wrong as much as he has been correct. If i changed my narrative about COVID 19 as often as he has, i would be correct 50% of the time, just like him. Your man Fauci stated on Friday, "Many parts of the United States didn't do enough to combat the Coronavirus -- but New York state did", New York state has seen more than 400,000 cases of coronavirus and nearly 28,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University; it has the most COVID-19 cases of any state in the U.S. Isn't Anthony the one that said, "China handled COVID 19 correctly" and the WHO was also correct in the reporting about COVID 19?

casones

NO IT WAS TRUMP WHO PRAISED XI MANY TIMES! AND HEY, AMERICANS WILL TAKE A .500 BATTING AVERAGE OVER TRUMP'S ZERO. "WHEN THE HEAT COMES IT WILL JUST GO AWAY" "IT WILL JUST DISAPPEAR" "WE HAVE JUST 15 CASES WHICH WILL SOON BE ZERO" "IT IS ONE CASE FROM CHINA, WE WILL HANDLE IT" "IF EMBERS POP UP, WE WILL PUT THEM OUT" AND HIS LATEST, IN HIS INTERVIEW FRIDAY WITH WALLACE, HAHAHAHAHAH "I WILL EVENTUALL BE RIGHT" LOLOLOL "I WILL EVENTUALLY BE RIGHT" HE CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE! TWO YEARS FROM NOW A VACCINE, 100 MILLION U.S. CASES 5 MILLION U.S. DEATHS "HE WILL EVENTUALLY BE RIGHT!"

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Take off your Caps Lock, Cajones. Yelling doesn't make one appear more knowledgeable- especially when it comes from your keyboard... LOL

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