Mohave County experiencing uptick in COVID-19 deaths, cases
KINGMAN – The coronavirus pandemic isn’t over yet. The Mohave County Department of Public Health reported on Friday, April 23 that four more county residents have perished from complications of COVID-19.
After declining for nearly two months to as little as two a week, the number of new deaths has swelled over the past week to 12, with six reported on Monday, two on Wednesday and four on Friday.
The newly reported deaths include a resident of the Kingman medical service area in the 80-89 age bracket. The other three deaths were logged in the Bullhead City service area – one each ages 40-49, 60-69 and 70-79.
Of the 67 new cases, 22 were recorded in the Kingman area, including five in the age groups over 70 that have proven to be more vulnerable to complications of the virus. There were three cases ages 80-89 and two ages 70-79.
New cases also trended older in the Bullhead City area, which had the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with 33. Of those, 11 new cases were in the 60-69 age bracket, and three werer in the 70-79 age group.
There were also 12 new cases logged in the Lake Havasu City service area.
The number of new coronavirus cases had been declining as the number of county residents vaccinated against the virus grows, but it plateaued at about 100 cases per week before starting to rise again.
There have been 100 new cases announced by the county in the four days between noon on Monday, April 19 and noon on Friday, April 23.
There were 110 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths reported in the seven days between Thursday, April 15 and Thursday, April 22. It marked the most deaths since the week of March 18-25.
That compares to 101 cases and six deaths 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.
According to tabulations on the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 182 coronavirus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. It is followed by Kingman with 150, Lake Havasu City with 149, Fort Mohave with 51, Golden Valley with 30 and Mohave Valley with 19. 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 5,981 cases for Lake Havasu City, 5,010 for Bullhead City, 4,525 for Kingman, 1,657 for Fort Mohave, 1,108 for Golden Valley, 769 for Mohave Valley and 442 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 143 cases in Topock, 53 in Meadview, 47 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 75.2 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 9.5% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13,751 residents are known to have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.
County health officials have logged 20,320 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 22,558 cases in the county. The county counts 615 deaths, while the state reports 710. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.
According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, April 23 there were 34 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 487 new tests for a positivity rate of 7%.
The positivity rate in the county was 5% on Friday, April 16; 5% (11/228) on Saturday, April 17; less than 1% (2/438) on Sunday, April 18; 16% (28/175) on Monday, April 19; 4% (20/558) on Tuesday, April 20; 4% (20/468) on Wednesday, April 21; and 6% (30/489) on Thursday, April 22.
Since the beginning of the pandemic 183,656 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.5% have been positive, according to AZDHS.
Statewide on Saturday, April 24, AZDHS was reporting 22 new deaths and 729 new cases from 23,976 tests for a positivity rate of 3%. More than 858,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,260 have died.
Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting nearly 32 million confirmed cases and 571,246 deaths the morning of Saturday, April 24. The U.S. has experienced about one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.
Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 3,089,673 deaths from nearly 146 million confirmed cases on Saturday, April 24.
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.
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.
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.