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5th case of coronavirus confirmed in Kern County

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 18:45:00-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Public Health Services Department confirmed the fifth case of the coronavirus in Kern County Sunday.

According to a KCPHD's press release, health officials are "currently investigating this case to determine potential exposure sources and any contacts the patient may have had."

None of the cases confirmed in Kern County are believed to be connected, according to KCPHSD.

As of Sunday, 124 residents have tested negative for the virus, while 307 tests are still pending, according to KCPHSD's website.

23ABC News has received several calls and messages asking why we aren't reporting the general area in Kern County the COVID-19 patient resides. Kern County Public Health is not releasing this information to 23ABC.

Officials say it's up to their Director, Matt Constantine to release this information to the public.

In a statement released to 23ABC news, Michelle Corson, the spokeswoman for Kern County Public Health, said "We are not providing any information that could potentially identify this patient. The location where the patient lives is not necessarily the suspected place of exposure and not necessarily the place where the person sought healthcare. The recommendations for the public to take remain the same regardless of where the patient lives."