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Mohave County reports 9 more COVID-19 deaths

KINGMAN – Another nine Mohave County residents have succumbed to complications of COVID-19, the Mohave County Department of Public Health reported on Monday, April 19.

Six of the deaths occurred between noon on Friday, April 16, when the county’s last report of the week was issued, and noon on Monday.

Three other deaths occurred earlier last week – one on Thursday, April 15 and two early Friday – but were not previously reported by the county, a county news release explained.

Of the nine deaths, which raised the toll in the county since the beginning of the pandemic to 609 by the county’s calculations, two were recorded in the Kingman medical service area – one each ages 60-69 and 80-89.

The Bullhead City area suffered the most new deaths of the county’s four medical service areas with six – three ages 60-69, and one each age 40-49, 70-79 and 80-89. The final death was a Lake Havasu City medical service area resident in the 80-89 age bracket.

The county also reported 51 new cases in the county. They include 47 cases reported between Friday and Monday, and four that had not been reported earlier last week.

Of the new cases, 11 were in the Kingman service area, including four in the age groups over 60, which are typically more susceptible to severe disease. There were two new local cases ages 60-69, and one each ages 70-79 and 80-89. There were also four new cases ages 11-19, two ages 20-29 and one age 50-59.

The Bullhead City area suffered the most new cases with 20. There were also 11 cases logged in the Lake Havasu City area, and two in areas of the county that have yet to be determined.

The number of new coronavirus cases had been declining as the number of county residents vaccinated against the virus grows, but has since plateaud at about 100 cases per week.

All adults are now eligible to receive the vaccine, and the county reports that the shots are readily available at area pharmacies, Kingman Regional Medical Center’s Hualapai Mountain Campus and a list of providers that receive vaccine from the county that can be found at https://bit.ly/39gxPYJ

There have been 98 cases and nine deaths reported in the five days between noon on Wednesday, April 14 and noon on Monday.

There were 101 cases and five deaths reported between Thursday, April 8 and Thursday, April 15; and 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 April 1; and 214 new cases and 10 deaths between Thursday, March 18 and Thursday, March 25.

According to tabulations on the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 180 coronavirus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, followed by Kingman with 149, Lake Havasu City with 148, Fort Mohave with 50, 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 5,960 cases for Lake Havasu City, 4,984 for Bullhead City, 4,503 for Kingman, 1,638 for Fort Mohave, 1,103 for Golden Valley, 763 for Mohave Valley and 442 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 141 cases in Topock, 52 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 75.3 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 9.4% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13,653 residents are known to have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 20,219 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 22,454 cases in the county. The county counts 600 deaths, while the state reports 704. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Monday, April 19 there were 28 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 175 new tests for a positivity rate of less than 16%.

The positivity rate in the county was 11% (20/189) on Monday, April 12; 2% (9/522) on Tuesday, April 13; 1% (7/479) on Wednesday, April 14; and 6% (30/504) on Thursday, April 15; 5% on Friday, April 16; 5% (11/228) on Saturday, April 17; and less than 1% (2/438) on Sunday, April 18.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 181,659 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.6% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Tuesday, April 20, AZDHS was reporting 40 new deaths and 702 new cases from 12,113 tests for a positivity rate of 6%. More than 855,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,193 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting nearly 31.8 million confirmed cases and 567,755 deaths on Tuesday, April 20. The U.S. has experienced about one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 3,033,145 deaths from more than 142 million confirmed cases on Tuesday, April 20.

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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