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Mohave County reports 122 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths

KINGMAN – The Mohave County Department of Public Health reported five more deaths from COVID-19, including two in the sprawling Kingman medical service area, the evening of Monday, July 27.

The Kingman victims were in the 40-49 and 80-89 age ranges. There were also three deaths reported for Lake Havasu City – one each in the 50-59, 60-69 and 80-89 age ranges.

The deaths raised the toll in the county to 132, while 70 newly confirmed cases raised the county’s case count to 2,785. Four of those cases were in the Kingman area – one each in the 11-19, 40-49, 50-59 and 70-79 age ranges.

County health officials said 70 of the new cases are in the Bullhead City service area, 15 in the Lake Havasu City service area and six in the communities in the Arizona Strip.

Those reports followed the announcement of 30 new cases and one death on Sunday, July 26, and 22 new cases on Saturday, July 25. Six of those cases were in Kingman, and all are recovering at home. The death was an adult age 80-89 from Lake Havasu City.

Bullhead City has experienced the highest number of cases and deaths in Mohave County, with 1,288 and 58 respectively. Lake Havasu has suffered 904 confirmed cases and 24 deaths, while 50 of the 537 Kingman area residents stricken by the contagion have died. There have been 56 confirmed cases, but no deaths, in the communities in the Arizona Strip.

July has been a difficult month for Mohave County, with an increase in cases and deaths attributed to both increased testing and the increased spread of the virus through the communities. More than half of the confirmed cases (1,642) and 51 deaths have been reported since the beginning of July. In the seven-day period ending Monday, July 27 the county reported 411 new cases and 18 deaths.

According to county health officials, 962 county residents had recovered from the virus as of Monday, July 27. The average age of death of COVID-19 victims in the county is 77.4 years, while the age of the average patient is 48.5 years. About 56% of the patients have been female.

Due to different manners of reporting and compiling data, state and county statistics vary, with state data for Mohave County showing six more cases and 10 more deaths than the totals for the pandemic that the county was reporting Monday, July 27.

The positivity rate for tests conducted on county residents remains very high. According to daily test data released by the Arizona Department of Health Services covering Monday, July 27, there were 66 new cases of the virus from 398 tests for a positivity rate of 17%.

AZDHS was reporting a positivity rate of 65% (61/94) on Tuesday, July 21; 46% (61/133) on Wednesday, July 22; 39% (77/200) on Thursday, July 23; 24% (79/327) on Friday, July 24; 10% (17/167) on Saturday, July 25; and 12% (27/224) on Sunday, July 26.

According to AZDHS, 16,681 tests have been conducted on county residents since the start of the pandemic. Of the 13,298 tests conducted for the actual virus, 12% of the individuals have tested positive. Of the 3,383 serology tests, which determine only if the individual had the virus in the past, 4.8% have been positive.

Statewide on Tuesday, July 28, AZDHS was reporting 104 more deaths, and 2,107 new cases from 13,143 tests for a positivity rate of 16%. Nearly 166,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus, and 3,408 have died. About 25,000 state residents have been infected and nearly 700 have died in the past 10 days.

Nationwide, Reuters was reporting more than 4.3 million cases and 148,450 deaths on Tuesday, July 28. The U.S. leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The Kingman service area includes Kingman, New-Kingman/Butler, Chloride, Valentine, Meadview, Wikieup, Yucca, White Hills, Hackberry, Peach Springs, Dolan Springs, Golden Valley, Hualapai tribal areas, Oatman and Valle Vista.

Masks are now mandatory when entering businesses in the cities of Kingman and Bullhead City until at least Aug. 1, and in Lake Havasu City until Sept. 1.

For some people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, or no symptoms at all. For others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

To curtail the spread of the coronavirus, public health officials recommend maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and wearing a mask in public to protect others when social distancing isn’t possible.

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