Ten more people have died and more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus in Kern County were reported Wednesday morning, as cases continue a rapid ascent locally.
Total deaths has now reached 115 in Kern and cases now exceed 11,000. The number of individuals tested is approaching 110,000 out of a countywide population 900,000.
Why the huge increase in cases is happening is not entirely clear. In recent weeks numbers were hovering around 100 to 150 per day.
County officials said earlier this week that the number of people tested began to rapidly increase earlier this month. An epidemiologist from UC Irvine, Andrew Noymer, said the growth is what eventually happens in an exponentially growing pandemic, where the rate of increase is proportional to the size of the number of cases.