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Mohave County logs 6 new virus cases

KINGMAN – Six new cases of COVID-19, including two in the expansive Kingman medical service area, were reported by the Mohave County Department of Public Health the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The new Kingman cases involve one patient each in the 20-29 and 70-79 age ranges. There were also two new cases each reported in the Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City service areas.

County health officials have recorded 3,950 coronavirus cases since the first was reported on March 24, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has logged 4,075 cases in the county. The county has counted 217 deaths, while AZDHS reports 228.

There were 64 new cases and one death reported by the county in the week ending Sunday, Oct. 4. 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 51 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 Wednesday, Oct. 7 was listing 1,157 confirmed cases for Bullhead City, 1,146 for Lake Havasu City, 519 for Kingman, 356 for Fort Mohave, 227 for Mohave Valley, 108 for Golden Valley and 125 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield. The locations of another 312 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, 3,558 residents have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Tuesday, Oct. 6, there were seven new cases of the virus in the county from 133 tests for a positivity rate of 5%.

The positivity rate was 26% (7/27) on Tuesday, Sept. 29; 7% (13/178) on Wednesday, Sept. 30; 18% (16/88) on Thursday, Oct. 1; 10% (15/149) on Friday, Oct. 2; 1% (2/230) on Saturday, Oct. 3; and 13% (18/140) on Monday, Oct. 5. There were no new cases reported on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 88 tests.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 28,492 tests have been conducted on county residents, according to AZDHS.

Of the 23,943 tests for the actual virus, 9.1% have been positive. Of the 4,549 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 Wednesday, Oct. 7, AZDHS was reporting 20 new deaths from complications of COVID-19, and 604 new cases from 7,781 tests for a positivity rate of 8%. Nearly 223,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 5,733 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University was reporting more than 7.5 million confirmed cases and 211,108 deaths on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The U.S. has experienced more than one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 1,051,446 deaths from nearly 36 million confirmed cases on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

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.

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