Three years ago today, COVID-19 was detected for the first time in Kern County residents, ushering in a grueling pandemic that disrupted almost every aspect of daily life. Though the deaths continue聽鈥 nine locals died from the virus in the weeklong period that ended Wednesday聽鈥 society has m…

Kern County Public Health reported 2,098 new coronavirus cases and four new deaths from the virus Thursday in its weekly update. The numbers represent cases reported to Public Health, but don't include those who have used only home tests that aren't reported to county officials.