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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – COVID cases continue to rise as health officials take action across the country. But where are the vaccinations in Kern County and beyond?

“We need to vaccinate the unvaccinated in order to change the course of this pandemic,” said Dr Carlos del Rio, Executive Associate Dean of Emory University School of Medicine & Grady’s Health System. “I can tell you that over 90% of people hospitalized are not vaccinated.”


What would you like to know:

  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective in helping protect against serious illness and death from variants of the virus that currently cause the circulation of COVID-19, including the Delta variant.
  • If you are fully vaccinated you can resume many of the activities you did before the pandemic, but you should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area high or high transmission to maximize protection against the Delta variant and possibly distribute it to others.
  • You can have Side effects after vaccination. These are normal and should go away within a few days.
  • Learn how to find a COVID-19 vaccine so you can get it as soon as you can.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is not over: 99% of Americans live in a county with a “high” or “substantial” level of COVID-19 transmission. The United States has an average of 1,800 new covid deaths every day. Compared to two weeks ago, that’s a 24% increase according to Johns Hopkins University.

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In response to national trends, COVID and vaccination rules are getting tougher. This week, a Maryland legislative panel ruled that all 24 school districts must obey a new mask mandate. And masks are now mandatory in New York State regulated daycares and daycares. Los Angeles is set to impose at least partial vaccination on employees and patrons of indoor bars, wineries and nightclubs.

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And as more children are diagnosed with COVID, doctors are trying to find out if their symptoms are getting worse.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says COVID cases in children were at an all time high in late August. Doctors say that in many cases where children end up in hospital, they also struggle with a second infection with another respiratory virus. Now, researchers are looking to find out if COVID is getting more severe due to the delta variant or if it’s due to other infections.

Doctors hope to have an answer by the end of the year.

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This is all because public health organizations are investing money in COVID research. The National Institutes of Health is giving New York University $ 470 million to examine the long-term effects of the coronavirus. The goal is to create a massive database of what people are going through across the country.

Registration for studies should begin in the coming months.

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COVID exhibit in Washington, DC

17:22, 16 Sep 2021

In our Nation’s Capitol, a dark memorial on the National Mall in Washington. An exhibition was opened in memory of those killed by the coronavirus. Each of the 665,000 white flags represents a person in America who has lost their life to the virus.

That’s the number of flags the exhibit opens with on Friday, but it will grow every day with a new flag added for each new death. The tribute is called “United in Grief” and runs until October 3.

Those who visit will be allowed to personalize flags to specifically honor someone they have lost. If you can’t make it to the exhibit, you can write a dedication online and a volunteer will write it on a flag.

Locally, Public health reported 510 new coronavirus infections bringing the total to 133,792 cases. Four more people have lost their lives to the virus, bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths to 1,514 in Kern County. And there are two new cases of the delta variant bringing that total to 173.

And the California Department of Health reports 7,360 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide. The total for California now stands at just over 4.3 million confirmed cases. So far, there have been just over 67,000 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.