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3 more COVID-19 deaths recorded in Kingman service area

KINGMAN – Three more COVID-19-related deaths were recorded in the Kingman service area on Friday, May, 8, along with six of Mohave County’s 10 newest cases.

Mohave County Department of Public Health said in a news release that all three deaths are linked to other confirmed cases, and were all previously identified. All were in the 86 and older age range.

Of Kingman’s six new cases, four are in the 20-44 age range, in isolation and recovering at home, and linked to another case. Another case is hospitalized, in the 65 and older range and linked to another case. The last new Kingman case is in the 65 and older age range, in isolation and recovering at home.

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.

Three more cases were also recorded in the Lake Havasu City area. Two of those are in the 65 and older age range, with one in isolation and recovering at home, and not linked to another case nor travel-related. The other is in isolation and recovering at home, with a pending interview. The other new Havasu area case is in the 20-44 age range, in isolation and recovering at home, with the interview pending.

The last new case reported Friday was in the North County service area in the Arizona Strip. That individual is in the 45-54 age range, in isolation and recovering at home, and linked to an out-of-state case.

There are have now been 175 positive cases recorded in Mohave County. There are 110 in Kingman with 16 deaths, 44 in the Lake Havasu City area including four deaths and 18 in Bullhead City with one death. The North County service area now has three cases.

Kingman Regional Medical Center was reporting the morning of Saturday, May 9 that it had tested 1,063 individuals with 75 positive cases and 5 adults hospitalized. There were 187 test results pending. In all, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 1,867 Mohave County residents have been tested.

At 7 a.m. Saturday AZDHS was reporting 10,526 cases and 517 deaths in Arizona. Nationwide, Reuters was reporting close to 1.3 million cases and 77,313 deaths.

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.

Health officials recommend that Arizonans who must go out in public wear a mask and maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others.

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