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COVID-19 kills 2, infects 49 in Mohave County

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KINGMAN – Two more Mohave County residents have died from COVID-19, and another 49 residents have contracted the coronavirus, the Mohave County Department of Public Health reported on Thursday and Friday, April 1-2.

The newly deceased are residents of the Lake Havasu City medical service area, one each ages 60-69 and 80-89. Their deaths raised the toll in the county since the beginning of the pandemic a year ago to 596.

Of the 49 new cases, 18 were in the expansive Kingman medical service, including five in the age brackets over 60 that have proven more vulnerable to complications of COVID-19. There were two cases each ages 60-69 and 70-79, and one age 90-plus. The remaining local cases included five ages 30-39, three ages 11-19, two each ages 20-29 and 50-59, and one age 40-49.

Bullhead City suffered the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with 19. There were also eight new cases in the Lake Havasu City service area, and four in undetermined areas of the county.

While the number of deaths in the county remains tragically high, the number of new cases of COVID-19 has dropped dramatically after peaking in January at more than 1,000 per week, according to county health data. The case count then plateaued at about 200 per week, but is falling again.

There were 130 new cases and five deaths reported by the county between noon on Thursday, March 25 and noon on Thursday, April 1. That compares to 214 new cases and 10 deaths logged between noon on Thursday, March 18 and noon on Thursday, March 25; and 212 cases and 11 deaths between noon on Thursday, March 11 and noon on Thursday, March 18.

According to tabulations on the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 176 coronavirus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, followed by Kingman with 147, Lake Havasu City with 145, Fort Mohave with 48, Golden Valley with 30 and Mohave Valley with 18.

The locations of the remaining deaths are not specified by the county on its website.

Broken down by cities and communities, the county has recorded 5,882 cases for Lake Havasu City, 4,907 for Bullhead City, 4,448 for Kingman, 1,621 for Fort Mohave, 1,093 for Golden Valley, 747 for Mohave Valley and 443 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 140 cases in Topock, 51 in Meadview, 46 in Dolan Springs and 36 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 75.4 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.8 years. The case fatality rate in the county is 3%, meaning 30 of every 1,000 individuals who have contracted the virus have died. Approximately 9.3% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13,329 residents have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 19,957 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 22,189 cases in the county. The county counts 596 deaths, while the state reports 690. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, April 2 there were 21 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 495 new tests for a positivity rate of 4%.

The positivity rate in the county was 2% 14/604 on Friday, March 26; 2% (8/365) on Saturday, March 27; 4% (12/339) on Sunday, March 28; 8% (18/220) on Monday, March 29; 6% (29/487) on Tuesday, March 30; 4% (19/522) on Wednesday, March 31; and 5% (27/506) on Thursday, April 1.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 175,427 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.8% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, April 2, AZDHS was reporting two new deaths, and 706 new cases from 27,666 tests for a positivity rate of 3%. Nearly 844,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 16,991 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 30.6 million confirmed cases and 554,120 deaths the morning of Saturday, April 3. The U.S. has experienced about one-fourth of all COVID-19 cases in the world, and about one-fifth of all deaths.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 2,840,462 deaths from more than 130 million confirmed cases on Saturday, April 3.

COVID-19 caccines are now being administered in Mohave County for those ages 18 and older. The county webpage listing vaccination providers can be found at https://bit.ly/39gxPYJ.

Persons experiencing problems making an appointment can call the county Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 928-753-8665 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for assistance. Kingman Regional Medical Center now accepts walk-ins for persons 18 and older at its Hualapai Mountain Campus, 3801 Santa Rosa Drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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 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.

Masks are also required inside all federally owned buildings, as well as buildings owned by the City of Kingman and the Kingman Regional Medical Center.

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.

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