BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — On Monday Kern County Public Health reported 594 new cases of coronavirus, a big jump compared to their last report on Friday which only listed 145 new cases. The new case total now stands at 113,810.
There was one new COVID-19 related death reported lifting that total to 1,426 lives lost to the virus.
Kern COVID-19 tracker: 235,765 total cases, 2,107 deaths
There was one new delta variant infection bringing that number to 39.
Kern County Public Health Director Brynn Carrigan says while the number of positive COVID-19 cases grows, not every positive result is tested for variants.
“It's a little bit misleading because we get tested for COVID-19 it's a positive or negative test. Then the specimen actually goes to a different lab and is sequenced and only about 10% of our tests are sequenced statewide. We're going to see a lot less delta confirmations but know that transmission is still out in our community.”
There is also a delay in the variant testing process. Carrigan says it takes about 1 to 2 weeks for confirmation if a positive test is a variant.