BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — After a single day, no new deaths in Kern County due to the pandemic coronavirus-related deaths skyrocketed again Thursday morning. New data shows there were 25 new deaths reported. That brings the total number of deaths to 811.
When it comes to cases, public health reports 295 new COVID cases. The county now has more than 102,600 COVID cases since the start of the pandemic.
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"We had such a surge on our entire system following those holidays, right, here locally. We are on what we hope to be the end of our winter surge but we have still been suffering through the impacts and seeing tragic deaths, that we are still reporting out on," said Michelle Corson, public relations officer for Kern County Public Health Services Department.
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Corson said it's important to keep in mind that not all of these people died today. She adds that when hospitalizations increase as we saw during the early winter months a surge of coronavirus-related deaths will likely follow.
Corson said there was an uptick in deaths during the winter spike but that we are just now seeing the data.