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Mohave County logs 148 COVID-19 cases in 7-day span

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KINGMAN – COVID-19 has claimed the life of another Mohave County resident, and 48 more have contracted the coronavirus, the Mohave County Department of Public Health reported on Monday, April 26. The report covers the three-day period between noon on Friday, April 23 and noon on Monday.

The death was an adult patient in the 50-59 age bracket from the Bullhead City medical service area. It raised the toll in the county since the beginning of the pandemic more than a year ago to 616.

The positivity rate for COVID-19 testing has also been on the rise in the county, with a rate of 13% (27/216) reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services for Monday. That compares to 7% statewide on Monday.

Of the 48 new cases, 15 are in the Kingman medical service area, including six in the age groups over 60 that have proven to be more vulnerable to complications of the virus. There were five new cases ages 60-69, and one age 70-79.

There were also four cases ages 0-10, two each ages 20-29 and 50-59, and one age 30-39.

Bullhead City experienced the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with 23. There were also 10 new confirmed cases in the Lake Havasu City service area.

The number of cases and deaths had been declining in the county, but over the past seven days the number of new cases rose to 148, after plateauing at about 100 per week.

That compares to 110 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths reported in the seven days between Thursday, April 15 and Thursday, April 22.

There were 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 5,990 cases for Lake Havasu City, 5,028 for Bullhead City, 4,539 for Kingman, 1,659 for Fort Mohave, 1,111 for Golden Valley, 773 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 47.6 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, 13,769 residents are known to have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 20,369 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 22,607 cases in the county. The county counts 616 deaths, while the state reports 711. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Monday, April 26 there were 27 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 216 new tests for a positivity rate of 13%.

The positivity rate in the county was 16% (28/175) on Monday, April 19; 4% (20/558) on Tuesday, April 20; 4% (20/468) on Wednesday, April 21; 6% (30/489) on Thursday, April 22; and 7% (34/487) on Friday, April 23; and 7% (20/293) on Sunday, April 25.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 184,597 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.5% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Tuesday, April 27, AZDHS was reporting eight new deaths and 682 new cases from 10,457 tests for a positivity rate of 7%. More than 860,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,276 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 32.1 million confirmed cases and 572,715 deaths the morning of Tuesday, April 27. The U.S. has experienced about one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 3,123,645 deaths from more than 148 million confirmed cases on Tuesday, April 27.

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.

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