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posted 11/30/2020
How did a county that ranks 11th among California counties in population end up with the second-highest COVID-19 case rate per capita in the state?

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George F. Gruner Award - awarded by Fresno State University and James McClatchy Foundations

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How did a county that ranks 11th among California counties in population end up with the second... more »
posted 11/30/20

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Vaccinating the masses is underway in California, but Kern County continues to lag behind almost all other counties in its vaccination rates, as it has since the start of the vaccine rollout more than two months ago.
An analysis of cases in 50 ZIP codes in Kern by The Californian shows that rural valley communities surrounding Bakersfield — many of which are home to prisons, farmworkers and some of the county's most impoverished pockets — were hardest hit.