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Mohave County’s COVID case count clears 20,000

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KINGMAN – More than 20,000 Mohave County residents have now been infected by the coronavirus since the first case was reported on March 24, 2020.

The county eclipsed the dubious milestone when the Mohave County Department of Public Health reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths, on Tuesday, April 6. Another 17 new cases were reported on Wednesday, April 7.

Seven of the 29 new cases were in the Kingman medical service area, including four in the age groups over 60 that are more vulnerable to complications from the virus. There were two cases ages 70-9, and one each age 60-69 and 80-89. There were also two new cases ages 0-10, and one age 20-29.

The number of new coronavirus cases continues to subside and the number of county residents vaccinated against the virus continues to grow.

There have been 76 cases and one death in the six-day period between noon on Thursday, April 1 and noon on Wednesday, April 7.

That compares to 130 new cases and five deaths reported by the county between noon on Thursday, March 25 and noon on Thursday, April 1. There were 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 146, 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 5,912 cases for Lake Havasu City, 4,923 for Bullhead City, 4,470 for Kingman, 1,624 for Fort Mohave, 1,098 for Golden Valley, 748 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 37 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 75.3 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.7 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, 13,452 residents are known to have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 20,033 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 22,271 cases in the county. The county counts 597 deaths, while the state reports 691. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Wednesday, April 7 there were 19 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 470 new tests for a positivity rate of 4%.

The positivity rate in the county was 4% (19/522) on Wednesday, March 31; 5% (27/506) on Thursday, April 1; 4% (21/495) on Friday, April 2; 3% (12/392) on Saturday, April 3; 10% (20/221) on Sunday, April 4; 6% (17/264) on Monday, April 5; and 4% (14/343) on Tuesday, April 6.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 177,095 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.8% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Thursday, April 8, AZDHS was reporting 32 new deaths, and 670 new cases from 25,773 tests for a positivity rate of 3%. Nearly 846,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,055 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 30.9 million confirmed cases and 559,118 deaths the morning of Thursday, April 8. 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 2,891,018 deaths from more than 133 million confirmed cases on Thursday, April 8.

The two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, are now being administered in Mohave County for those ages 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those ages 16 and up. 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 in most owned by 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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