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State reports 20 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County

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KINGMAN – The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County, but no additional deaths, on Wednesday, April 21.

The number of new coronavirus cases had been declining as the number of county residents vaccinated against the virus grows, but has since plateaued 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 118 cases and nine deaths reported in the six days between Wednesday, April 14 and 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 22,474 cases in the county. The county counts 609 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 Tuesday, April 20 there were 20 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 558 new tests for a positivity rate of less than 4%.

The positivity rate in the county was 2% (9/522) on Tuesday, April 13; 1% (7/479) on Wednesday, April 14; 6% (30/504) on Thursday, April 15; 5% on Friday, April 16; 5% (11/228) on Saturday, April 17; less than 1% (2/438) on Sunday, April 18; and 16% (28/175) on Monday, April 19.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 182,215 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.5% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Wednesday, April 21, AZDHS was reporting six new deaths and 649 new cases from 19,175 tests for a positivity rate of 3%. Nearly 856,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,199 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting nearly 31.8 million confirmed cases and 568,532 deaths on Wednesday, April 21. The U.S. has experienced about one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 3,047,645 deaths from more than 143 million confirmed cases on Wednesday, April 21.

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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