BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — With the drop in daily reported COVID-19 cases the past few weeks, Kern County Public Health's Michelle Corson said this is an improvement, but we still have a ways to go.
"We are seeing on a daily basis our case rate and our daily cases begin to slightly improve. This is very encouraging, however, we know that our hospitals remain impacted," Corson said. "We are seeing more than we would like, we have some time before we can even think about moving into the next tier."
Right now Kern County is the purple tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Reopening Tier. The purple tier means there are widespread cases and it is the most restrictive tier in the state's reopening program.
"We must continue if we want to get to that red tier, which is what we have our eyes on now for our businesses all of the services we want to get," she said. "We have a ways to go but with the current trend we've been seeing we really feel like we could be on the tail end of the winter surge that we have been in the midst of for these few months."
Corson also added that Kern County has vaccinated around 69,000 people and have more than 72,000 vaccines right now that are ready to be distributed.