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First Kern County Coronavirus Death, Virus Spreads in Fresno County



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Kern County has suffered its first coronavirus death.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and are saddened by this,” said Matt Constantine, director of Kern County Public Health Services, in a news release Friday. “This is a tragic reminder of how serious COVID-19 can be and we encourage all residents to stay at home and practice social distancing when going out for essential services.”
Health officials reported Friday morning that the county has 35 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Three Community-Acquired Cases in Fresno County

Public health officials in Fresno County said Friday afternoon that they had received confirmation of four community-acquired COVID-19 cases in which people were not exposed to the virus through travel or contact with an infected individual.
“We expect cases in Fresno County and surrounding areas to quickly multiply in the coming weeks as additional testing is done for those with symptoms of fever and respiratory illness,” said Dr. Rais Vohra, Fresno County Interim Health Officer, in a statement.
“I urge all Fresno County residents to take the simple and common-sense steps that we know will interrupt community transmission of this infection. This is not the time to panic, but it is a time to take
urgent and rational action against the threat of widespread infection. Let’s all do our part, if not for ourselves, then for our elders, our frail relatives and friends, and our brave healthcare heroes.”

Madera County Man Died Thursday

On Thursday, Madera County officials reported the first coronavirus death there. The deceased individual was described as a man in his 60s.
According to The Los Angeles Times coronavirus tracker, California had 4, 459 confirmed cases as of 12:17 p.m. Friday. And, 90 Californians have died because of the virus at that time.