Taft area passes 600 total cases



COVID-19 has been confirmed in McKittrick for the first time since the pandemic began, the Kern County Health Department reported Tuesday.

Tuesday the KCDPH reported three cases in zip code 93251, which includes McKittrick and has a population of 243 people. This comes two days after parents of McKittrick school students were notified of a positive test in the "McKittrick School community" and the school was closed until Nov. 30.

In the Taft area, eight more positive COVID-19 tests were reported, raising the total in the 93268 zip code to 607 since the pandemic began in March.

Overall, Kern County's infections continue to grow rapidly with more than 500 new cases in the past two days.

The health department reported 222 new cases on Tuesday, raising the county total to 37,141 cases.

No new deaths were reported and the death toll from COVID remains 432.

However, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 73 as of Monday, according to the health department.

The rapid increase in COVID-19 in the county and elsewhere in the state forced Kern and others to move back into the purple tier and many businesses will have to close or modify their operations.