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The county reported 19 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday evening, while deaths remained at 13, a number unchanged since Friday. A total of 372 people have contracted the virus out of the 4,230 who have been tested, a positive rate of nearly 9%. Of the county’s positive cases, nearly 42%, or 155, are between the ages of 18 and 49. Another 122 are between the ages of 50 and 64, while 91 are aged 65 and up. Four are under the age of 18. Local cases were mostly unaltered Saturday; however, three new cases were reported in Hesperia. Victorville added one. Those cities’ new totals are nine and 10, respectively. In providing that information, county spokesperson David Wert said public health officials do not know if every deceased individual had health issues beyond COVID-19. As such, those details were not included in his response. “That data is apparently difficult to come by,” Wert said. “We had it anecdotally for those on whom we reported it.” Wert said the county is working on increasing the details and timeliness of its reporting. An aspect of the data-collection process that has proven complex is that the county is not notified of its COVID-19-related deaths as they occur, according to Wert.


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