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.