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The Kern County Public Health Department confirmed Monday 442 new COVID-19 cases in Kern County.

This brings the total number of cases in Kern to 15,003. Of the total number, 5,353 people have recovered, while 10,030 cases remain active.

Health officials confirmed no new COVID-19 deaths Monday, leaving the total number of deaths to 123.

As of Saturday, there were 248 people in the hospital, according to The California Department of Public Health, and of those, 177 people are isolating in the hospital, Kern County Public Health confirmed Monday.

As of Saturday, there were 62 patients in the Intensive Care Unit, leaving 39 ICU beds available.

Last week, Kern County announced it has remained on the Governor’s County Data Monitoring list for three consecutive days, leading to the closure of small businesses in Kern, including gyms and fitness centers, places of worship and cultural ceremonies, offices for non-critical infrastructure services, personal care services, like nail salons and body waxing, hair salons and barber shops, and shopping malls. These businesses may operate outdoors.

Shops that offer tattoos and piercings may not be operated outdoors and must close, Kern County said on Facebook.