Coronavirus transmission in Kern County is rated as moderate in the governor's reopening framework, which places it in Tier 3 and allows some businesses to open with modifications.
Over the last two weeks, the seven-day average of new cases has decreased 18.4%. Newly reported deaths have decreased 66.7%.
The latest trends
Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.
So far, 1 out of every 8 people in the county has tested positive. Over the past week, the county has averaged 40 new cases and 0.4 new deaths per day. The county does not provide a tally of how many people have recovered from COVID-19.
State and local officials are closely watching the latest figures as they weigh when and how to reopen. Over the last seven days, officials have reported 279 new cases, which amounts to 32 per 100,000 residents.
So far, 34.2% of Kern County residents have received at least one dose and 26.9% are fully vaccinated.
To date, 517,317 vaccine doses have been administered. Over the last seven days, an average of 2,553 doses per day have been given out.
Hospitals and patients
There are now 29 patients admitted to county hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, a change of 70.6% from two weeks ago. Of those, 6 are in an intensive care unit. More information about the strain placed on local hospitals can be found on The Times’s hospital tracker.
Reopenings and restrictions
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening system classifies counties into four tiers based on a set of metrics developed by state officials. Which tier a county falls in determines what can be reopened. Learn more about how the system works by consulting The Times’ reopening tracker.
Based on its current tier in the state framework, here’s what is allowed to open.
Schools in Kern County have reported that 46% of students have returned to campuses. Look up a district in the table below to see its opening status for elementary and secondary schools. Districts safety plans are hyperlinked where available.Enrollment figures do not include charter schools that fall within district boundaries. California Department of Public Health. Times analysis.
Shutdown orders have closed businesses and put thousands out of work. As parts of the economy reopen, some people have regained employment, though many remain jobless. The unemployment rate in Kern County is 10.8%, higher than the state average.