Mohave County reports 1 new coronavirus case
KINGMAN – An adult age 60-69 from the expansive Kingman medical service area has tested positive for COVID-19. It was the only new case reported in Mohave County by the county Department of Public Health the evening of Saturday, Oct. 3.
County health officials have recorded 3,924 coronavirus cases since the first was reported on March 24, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has logged 4,050 cases in the county. The county has counted 217 deaths, while AZDHS reports 228.
There were 93 new cases and five deaths in the county in the week ending Sunday, Sept. 27.
Bullhead City has suffered the most of the county’s medical service areas with 75 deaths, followed by Lake Havasu City with 53, Kingman with 50 and Fort Mohave with 11. The locations of another 27 deaths are not specified on the county website.
Broken down by cities and communities, the county website on Sunday, Oct. 4 was listing 1,153 confirmed cases for Bullhead City, 1,140 for Lake Havasu City, 517 for Kingman, 353 for Fort Mohave, 227 for Mohave Valley, 107 for Golden Valley and 112 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield. The locations of another 315 cases are not specified.
The average age of death of a COVID-19 victim in the county is 75.8 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.7 years.
The case fatality rate in the county is 6%, meaning three out of every 50 individuals who have contracted the virus have died. Approximately 1.8% of the county’s population has been infected. A majority of the county residents infected – 53% – have been age 49 or younger.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,539 residents have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.
According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Saturday, Oct. 3, there were two new cases of the virus in the county from 230 tests for a positivity rate of 1%.
The positivity rate was 22% (8/36) on Saturday, Sept. 26; 29% (12/41) on Monday, Sept. 28; 26% (7/27) on Tuesday, Sept. 29; 7% (13/178) on Wednesday, Sept. 30; 18% (16/88) on Thursday, Oct. 1; and 10% (15/149) on Friday, Oct. 2. There were no new cases reported on Sunday, Sept. 27.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 28,131 tests have been conducted on county residents, according to AZDHS. Of the 23,599 tests for the actual virus, 9.2% have been positive. Of the 4,532 serology tests conducted on county residents, which detect only if the individual had the virus in the past, 6.6% have returned positive.
Statewide on Sunday, Oct. 4, AZDHS was reporting one new deaths from complications of COVID-19, and 355 new cases from 8,716 tests for a positivity rate of 4%. Nearly 221,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 5,706 have died.
Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University was reporting nearly 7.4 million confirmed cases and 209,563 deaths on Sunday, Oct. 4. The U.S. has experienced more than one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.
Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 1,034,403 deaths from nearly 35 million confirmed cases on Sunday, Oct. 4.
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.
Face masks are required for anyone age 6 or older to enter a business in the City of Kingman through at least Tuesday, Oct. 20. Similar mask proclamations have been discontinued in Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City.
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.
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. Some individuals with the virus exhibit no symptoms, but are still capable of transmitting the disease.