Kern COVID-19 cases increases to 40; first death in Kern reported

Eight new coronavirus cases were reported in Kern County on Friday bringing the total cases in Kern County to 40. The county also reported its first death, according to Kern County Public Health officials.

Nearly 1,000 tests for the virus are pending results, according to data from the health department.

Seven people have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, said the county’s public health spokeswoman Michelle Corson on Friday morning. However, the department is not releasing any other details about the person’s death.

One additional visitor to the county was the first local case of coronavirus but is not included in the official tally. 

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