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Coronavirus death toll hits 600 in Mohave County

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KINGMAN – A year and 10 days after the first coronavirus death was logged in Mohave County, the death toll from COVID-19 has reached 600.

The dubious distinction was reached after the Mohave County Department of Public Health reported two additional deaths on Wednesday, April 14.

The deceased are both elderly adults in the 80-89 age range, one each from the Kingman medical service area and the Lake Havasu City service areas.

There were also 18 new cases reported by county health officials, including three in the Kingman service area – one each ages 20-29, 50-59 and 60-69.

The Bullhead City and Lake Havasu service area logged the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with seven each. There was also one new case reported in the Arizona Strip.

The number of new coronavirus cases continues to wane as the number of county residents vaccinated against the virus grows.

There have been 71 cases and three deaths reported in the six days between noon on Thursday, April 8 and noon on Wednesday. And there were 101 cases and two deaths in the seven-day period between noon on Thursday, April 1 and noon on Thursday, April 8. 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; and 214 new cases and 10 deaths logged between noon on Thursday, March 18 and noon on Thursday, March 25.

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 148, Lake Havasu City with 147, Fort Mohave with 48, Golden Valley with 31 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 5,934 cases for Lake Havasu City, 4,955 for Bullhead City, 4,487 for Kingman, 1,628 for Fort Mohave, 1,102 for Golden Valley, 756 for Mohave Valley and 442 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City.

There have also been 141 cases in Topock, 51 in Meadview, 46 in Dolan Springs and 38 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 47.7 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 9.4% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13,576 residents are known to have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 20,123 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 22,360 cases in the county. The county counts 600 deaths, while the state reports 695. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Wednesday, April 14 there were seven new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 479 new tests for a positivity rate of 1%.

The positivity rate in the county was 4% (19/470) on Wednesday, April 7; 6% (24/402) on Thursday, April 8; 3% (14/467) on Friday, April 9; 1% (6/470) on Saturday, April 10; 4% (9/206) on Sunday, April 11; 11% (20/189) on Monday, April 12; and 2% (9/522) on Tuesday, April 13.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 179,829 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.6% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Thursday, April 15, AZDHS was reporting 14 deaths and 460 new cases from 23,824 tests for a positivity rate of 2%. More than 851,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,123 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 31.4 million confirmed cases and 564,489 deaths the morning of Thursday, April 15. 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 2,976,229 deaths from more than 138 million confirmed cases on Thursday, April 15.

The two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is now being administered in Mohave County for those ages 18 and older. The Pfizer vaccine, if available, can be administered 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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