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Kingman adult dies at KRMC from COVID-19

KINGMAN – The first death in the Kingman area from COVID-19 has been recorded.

The Mohave County Department of Public Health reported Saturday that an adult over the age of 65 died from complications of COVID-19 while hospitalized at Kingman Regional Medical Center. The health department said the deceased patient is a new case, and was epidemiologically linked to another known case of the virus.

“This terrible disease has now taken the lives of four in our county,” Jean Bishop, chair of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors, said in a news release. “Speaking for our board, I want to convey our deep sorrow to the family and friends of those affected.”

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County is on the rise, with six new cases reported Thursday, April 23 and seven more on Friday, April 24. In addition to the Kingman death, three residents over age 65 have died from complications of the virus in Lake Havasu City.

That brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in the county to 83 as of 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

The Kingman service area – the area served by KRMC – leads the county with 47 cases reported to date. There have also been 26 cases in the Lake Havasu City service area, and 10 in the Bullhead City service area.

Five of the seven new cases announced on Friday were also from Kingman, with all of the patients in the 65 years and over age range.

Three of the five are hospitalized with complications of COVID-19, while two are in isolation and recovering at home. Of the five cases, four are linked to another known case, while one is neither epidemiologically-linked or travel-related, meaning it was likely contracted due to the general spread of the virus in the community.

The health department reported that four of the six cases announced Thursday involved Kingman area residents.

In each case, county public health nurses conduct contact investigations to determine who may have come in contact with the patient.

Information on the number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 is not tabulated in Arizona.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Service, 1,040 Mohave County residents – less than one-half of 1% of the population – has been tested.

KRMC was reporting Saturday that it had tested 476 individuals with 33 positive cases and nine adults hospitalized. There were 39 test results pending.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25 AZDHS was reporting 6,280 cases and 273 deaths in Arizona. Nationwide, Reuters was reporting 933,836 confirmed cases and 53,538 deaths.

Bishop sounded a hopeful note in the news release. “Let’s hope we can soon move on into a normality Mohave County residents can exist in and be free of this type of dire consequence,” the board of supervisors chairwoman said.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of patients recover. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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