Health department reports 599 total cases in 93268 zip code

COVID-19 cases have been increasing sharply in Kern County for more than a week and now that increase is being seen in the Taft area.

Confirmed COVID cases in the 93268 zip code increased by 14 on Monday after edging up slowly for the past two months.

Taft now has 599 total cases with 172 recoveries and 105 presumed recoveries.

Maricopa added one new case on Monday for a total of 26

Kern County reported 301 new cases on Monday, more than twice to number of new cases reported on Sunday, raising the total since the pandemic began in March to 36, 919.

No new deaths were reported, leaving the toll at 432.

There are 60 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Kern County.