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Mohave County confirms 8 new cases of COVID-19

KINGMAN – Eight new cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths, were reported by the Mohave County Department of Public Health the evening of Saturday, Sept. 26.

Just one of the new cases was recorded in the expansive Kingman medical service area. The patient is an adult in the 70-79 age range and the case is being investigated by county health officials.

There were also four new cases in the Bullhead City service area, which includes Fort Mohave, and three in the Lake Havasu City service area.

There have been 93 new cases and five deaths reported in the county in the six-day span ending Saturday.

County health officials have now recorded 3,863 coronavirus cases since the first case was reported on March 24, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has logged 3,977 cases in the county. The county has counted 216 deaths, while AZDHS reports 227.

Bullhead City has suffered the most of the county’s medical service areas with 93 deaths, followed by Kingman with 70 and Lake Havasu City with 53.

Broken down by cities and communities, the county on Saturday, Sept. 26 was listing 1,139 confirmed cases for Bullhead City, 1,126 for Lake Havasu City, 510 for Kingman, 348 for Fort Mohave, 223 for Mohave Valley, 104 for Golden Valley, 96 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield and 56 described only as “other cities.” The remaining cases are listed as “tribal or city not provided.”

The average age of death of a COVID-19 victim in the county is 75.9 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, 3,099 residents have recovered from the virus, and 569 have been hospitalized, according to the county’s website.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Saturday, Sept. 26, there were no new cases of the virus in the county from 189 tests.

The positivity rate was less than 1% (1/137) on Saturday, Sept. 19; 7% (19/262) on Monday, Sept. 21; 4% (16/431) on Tuesday, Sept. 22; 12% (17/142) on Wednesday, Sept. 23; 8% (10/120) on Thursday, Sept. 24; and 14% (21/147) on Friday, Sept. 25. There were no new cases reported on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 27,382 tests have been conducted on county residents, according to AZDHS.

Of the 22,900 tests for the actual virus, 9.3% have been positive. Of the 4,482 serology tests, which detect only if the individual had the virus in the past, 6.6% have returned positive.

Statewide on Sunday, Sept. 27, AZDHS was reporting no new deaths from complications of COVID-19, and 412 new cases from 9,926 tests for a positivity rate of 4%. More than 217,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 5,622 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University was reporting more than nearly 7.1 million confirmed cases and 204,503 deaths on Sunday, Sept. 27. The U.S. has experienced more than one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

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.

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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