Health department releases detailed breakdown of Kern County cases




By Doug Keeler

Midway Driller Editor


Fourteen people living in the Taft area have tested positive for COVID-9, according to new statistics released Monday by the Kern County Health Department.

Seven of the people are recovered, the health department said.
The health department's website included a new interactive map that lists the number of cases by zip code. A link to the map can be found on the Kern County Health Department website at

The fourteen cases are all in the 93268 zip code, which has a population of 17,620.

One case was reported in Maricopa's zip code, 93252. None were reported in the Fellows-Derby Acres area, McKittrick or Tupman.

Taft has been less impacted that other comparable valley cities.

Lamont is a major hot spot for the virus with 71 total cases (46 recovered) out of a population of 16,969. Arvin has 38 cases with 21 recoveries. Wasco has 26 cases and Shafter has 28.

Overall, the county reported 11 new cases Monday morning, all in Kern County residents, for a total of 1,026 cases, including 10 non-residents.

But well over half of the reported cases (592) are recovered, the health department said. 

Thirty-three people are hospitalized and 385 are recovering at home.

To date, 12,166 tests have been conducted involving Kern County residents. In addition to the,1016 positive tests, there have been 7,331 negative tests and 3,819 tests are still pending.