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Mohave County: 4 deaths, 41 new cases of coronavirus recorded

KINGMAN - Four more Mohave County residents have died from complications of COVID-19, and a one-day record of 41 new cases was reported by county health officials the evening of Wednesday, June 17.

The deaths include an individual age 80-89 from the sprawling Kingman service area, and a patient age 90 or older from the Bullhead City service area. The deaths of one patient each in the 30-39 and 90-plus age brackets were reported in Lake Havasu City.

Also Wednesday, the county revealed that the news release announcing the death of a Lake Havasu City patient age 60-69 from the virus on Tuesday, June 16 was erroneous. That patient is alive and recovering, county health officials said.

That means the death toll from the virus is now 70, and 675 positive cases and 296 recoveries have been confirmed, according to county tabulations.

The case count has been soaring in the county, the result of increased testing and community spread of the virus. There have been 272 new cases reported since June 2, and a record 111 in the seven-day period ending Monday, June 15.

The new cases included 17 in Bullhead City, which includes Fort Mohave, plus nine in the Kingman area, eight in the Arizona Strip and five in Lake Havasu City. One of the new Kingman patients, an adult age 80-89, is hospitalized. A contact investigation is underway for six of the cases, while two others are linked to existing cases.

Kingman has now experienced 269 cases and 41 deaths. Bullhead City has had 262 cases and 18 deaths, and Lake Havasu has had 123 cases and 11 deaths. The remaining cases are in the communities in the Arizona Strip.

A statewide surge is continuing, with 2,519 new cases and 32 new deaths logged by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The state has now experienced 43,443 cases and 1,271 deaths, AZDHS was reporting the morning of Wednesday, June 17. Nationwide, Reuters was reporting nearly 2.2 million cases and 118,000 deaths.

AZDHS reported that 6,621 persons have been tested for the virus in Mohave County with a 6.3% positive rate. Another 2,056 residents have been tested for antibodies to determine if they had the virus in the past, and 3.6% of those individuals tested positive.

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.

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.

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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