Kern County Experiencing Elevated Coronavirus Disease Transmission, Hospitalizations, Health Officials Say

Several counties have started to reopen even with the risk of possibly elevating the number of COVID-19 cases. So far, some regions have managed to slow down the rise. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case over in Kern County. Worse, it appears their coronavirus-related cases are getting out of hand, a reason why they are now in the watchlist of the California Department of Public Health.

"Kern County is experiencing elevated disease transmission and increasing hospitalization," read an entry for Kern County on the target list.

Looking deeper, it appears the cases are originating from nursing facilities, prisons and residents around the county being admitted to hospitals. With the alarming development, Kern County Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop reminded everyone the importance of observing the proper health guidelines in the area. Part of that would be plans of locals to go out to certain establishments such as getting a haircut or grabbing a bite to eat, reported.

"It's very important that all residents in Kern County and all businesses that are reopening follow public health guidance," Kern County Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop said. "Those guidelines need to be followed; if you're going out to eat or get a haircut it's important you follow the guidance of the establishment where you're going."

If things do not improve, there is a chance that Kern County may find itself getting shutdown again to control the coronavirus spread. As of this writing, no plans of doing so are on the table.

A total of 74 cases were reported from the state, raising the number of COVID-19  cases to 3,026. There were no new deaths reported, remaining steady at 51.

So far, Kern County has reported 26 deaths and 135 cases come from residents of nursing homes. Aside from that, there were 75 cases of health workers at nursing homes who were afflicted with COVID-19. Based on latest updates from the CDPH county monitoring chart, Kern is already beyond the postivity rate and increase in hospitalizations.

Kern already has 78 cases per 100,000 residents with the positivity rate at 8.2 percent.  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.

COVID-19 Lockdown 106 rural hospitals in the US have closed in the past decade.

As far as hospitalizations, the area already has a 10 percent increase in hospital admissions of COVID-19-related cases in the past three days. This is already above the threshold. Kern's rate was 24 percent as of Thursday.

Unless the numbers go down, there is a possibility that the state's public health officer may intervene. For now, businesses that have reopened are being monitored to make sure they follow the health guidelines to address the rising number of coronavirus cases.