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Mohave County reports record 212 COVID-19 cases on Monday, Nov. 23

KINGMAN – Another 212 Mohave County residents have been infected with the coronavirus. The new cases, announced Monday, Nov. 23 by the Mohave County Department of Public Health, were the most recorded in a single day in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.

The county also announced another death from complications of COVID-19, raising the toll to 234. The patient was an adult in the 80-89 age bracket from the Kingman medical service area.

Monday’s report includes 69 new cases from the Kingman area, including 15 involving school-age residents. There were 13 new cases in the 11-19 age bracket, and two ages 0-10.

Elderly Kingman area residents, who have proved to be more vulnerable to complications of the virus, were also hit hard. There are 10 new cases ages 60-69, six ages 50-59 and three each ages 70-79 and 80-89.

The other cases included 13 ages 30-39, 10 ages 20-29, and nine ages 40-49.

There were also 79 new cases in the Bullhead City medical service area, 59 in the Lake Havasu City service area and five in the communities in the Arizona Strip.

The county has been experiencing a dramatic surge in cases.

The Mohave County Department of Public health recorded 540 new cases of the virus and five deaths between Monday, Nov. 16 and Friday, Nov. 20, the most in a single week for Mohave County. The previous high-water mark was 451 cases and 456 cases in consecutive weeks in early July.

That compares to 315 new cases and five deaths recorded countywide between Monday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 13, and 270 new cases and one death in the five days ending Friday, Nov. 6. There were 148 cases reported by the county in the five days ending Friday Oct. 30, and 91 cases and one death in the five days ending Friday, Oct. 23.

The county no longer updates the public on new COVID-19 cases on Saturdays and Sundays, and no updates are planned for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.

During the past month, as cases rose, COVID-19 safety measures were loosened locally.

Kingman City Council rescinded a mandate requiring face masks to be worn in businesses in the city. Mohave County stopped requiring masks inside county-owned buildings, rescinded the official public health emergency proclamation, and lowered the fines against businesses that don’t comply with coronavirus safety measures in Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive orders.

County health officials have logged 5,559 coronavirus cases since the first was reported on March 24, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has logged 5,808 cases in the county. The county has counted 234 deaths, while the state reports 251.

According to the county’s tabulations, Bullhead City has suffered the most of the county’s medical service areas with 81 deaths, followed by Kingman with 59, Lake Havasu City with 54 and Fort Mohave with 13. The locations of another 27 deaths are not specified on the county website.

Broken down by cities and communities, the county has recorded 1,601 cases for Lake Havasu City, 1,559 cases for Bullhead City, 994 for Kingman, 464 for Fort Mohave, 272 for Mohave Valley, 162 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield and 169 for Golden Valley. The locations of another 341 cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 76.1 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.6 years. The case fatality rate in the county is 4%, meaning one out of every 25 individuals who has contracted the virus has died. Approximately 2.6% of Mohave County residents have been infected. A majority of those infected – 52% – have been age 49 or younger.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 4,228 residents have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Monday, Nov. 23, there were 165 new cases of the virus in the county from 326 tests for a very high positivity rate of 51%.

The positivity rate in the county was 31% (103/336) on Monday, Nov. 16; 15% (63/421) on Tuesday, Nov. 17; 8% (58/725) on Wednesday, Nov. 18; 27% (153/573) on Thursday, Nov. 19; 21% (111/530) on Friday, Nov. 20; 8% (47/611) on Saturday, Nov. 21; and 1% (3/354) on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 49,327 tests have been conducted on county residents, according to AZDHS. Of the 42,758 diagnostic tests for the actual virus, 7.2% have been positive. Of the 6,569 serology tests conducted on county residents, which detect only if the individual had the virus in the past, 5.4% have returned positive.

Statewide on Tuesday, Nov. 24, AZDHS was reporting 51 new deaths from complications of COVID-19, and 4,544 new cases from 15,556 tests for a positivity rate of 29%. Nearly 307,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 6,515 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 12.4 million confirmed cases and 257,991 deaths on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The U.S. has experienced about one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 1,399,983 deaths from more than 59 million confirmed cases on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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.

To curtail virus spread, public health officials recommend maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others, washing hands thoroughly and frequently, and wearing a face covering in public when social distancing isn’t possible.

For some patients, the virus causes 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. Some individuals with the virus exhibit no symptoms, but are still capable of transmitting the disease.

Face coverings are no longer required in businesses in Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City by municipal proclamations, but many individual businesses still require masks. Face coverings are also required inside buildings owned by the City of Kingman and Kingman Regional Medical Center.

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