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Breaking down trends in coronavirus testing in Kern County

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 21:39:23-04

While the total number of coronavirus cases investigated by the Kern County Public Health Department continues to rise, the number of active and daily new cases is on a downward trend.

According to the Kern County COVID-19 Dashboard, the beginning of this month saw a slow rise in the number of daily new cases, active cases, and total cases. But in the last week, numbers of daily new cases and active cases are flattening.

The peak for new cases came on April 9, when the county announced 67 more positive tests. The peak for active cases came last week on April 14, when public health reported 426 active cases.

However with the start of this week, the number of daily new cases began dropping, with less than ten new cases being announced everyday since Saturday. The number of active cases dropping from 422 on Sunday, to 386 on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, public health has tested almost 9,200 residents. Out of those tests, 3,591 are still pending. According the California Department of Public Health, there are 7,200 tests pending statewide as of Monday. This means that pending tests in Kern County make up about half of the pending tests in the state.

While the number of daily new cases and active cases are beginning to decrease, one number that has been increasing almost daily since March is the number of recovered patients.

Since the start of April, the number of recovered patients has jumped from 37 to 293. April 13 and April 18 were peak days for recovered cases, with more than 30 recovered residents announced each day.