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13 dead, 133 more infected by COVID in Mohave County

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KINGMAN – COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 13 more Mohave County residents ranging in age from their 30s to their 80s. That’s as many virus deaths as have been logged in any single week in the county since the winter surge, but they were recorded in just a two-day period.

The 13 deaths, along with 133 new infections, were announced by the Mohave County Department of Public Health on Friday, Aug. 13. The report covered the two days between noon on Wednesday, Aug. 11 and noon on Friday.

Four of the deaths, along with 49 new cases, were logged in the Kingman medical service area. The local deaths involved older adults, including two ages 60-69 and one each ages 70-79 and 80-89.

The new local cases trended younger, with 10 each ages 11-19 and 30-39, eight ages 20-29 and six ages 0-10. There were also six cases ages 40-49, five ages 60-69, and two each ages 50-59 and 70-79.

Of the county’s four medical service areas, Bullhead City suffered the most with five deaths and 60 new cases. The newly deceased included one resident each ages 30-39, 40-49 and 60-69, and two ages 80-89.

There were 49 new cases and four fatalities logged in the Lake Havasu City service area, with the deaths including two adults each in the 40-49 and 80-89 age groups. There were also five new cases in as-yet undetermined areas of the county.

The county has been experiencing a spike in cases and deaths. There were 660 new cases and 13 deaths reported in the seven-day period ending at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 11. That’s up from 418 cases and 11 deaths in the week ending Wednesday, Aug. 4; and 441 cases and 13 deaths in the week ending July 28. There were 386 cases and three deaths in the week ending July 21.

The surge, from less than 100 cases a week in June to more than 600, has been attributed to the low COVID-19 vaccination rate in the county and the arrival of the highly contagious delta variant of the virus.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, only 40.6% of county residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That compares to 54.1% statewide, and more than 70% nationwide. Slightly more than one-third of county residents – 72,505 of about 213,000 – are fully vaccinated.

According to the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 215 coronavirus deaths. It is followed by Lake Havasu City with 167, Kingman with 165, Fort Mohave with 68, Golden Valley with 37 and Mohave Valley with 24. 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 6,896 cases for Lake Havasu City, 5,957 for Bullhead City, 5,560 for Kingman, 2,035 for Fort Mohave, 1,268 for Golden Valley, 947 for Mohave Valley and 486 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City.

There have also been 171 cases in Topock, 76 in Dolan Springs, 59 in Meadview and 47 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 74.2 years, while the age of the average patient is 46.4 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 11.3% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

County health officials have logged 24,157 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 26,717 cases in the county. The county counts 719 deaths, while the state reports 819.

County health officials report that 21,803 county residents are known to have recovered from the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, Aug. 13 there were 76 new cases from 947 tests in Mohave County for a positivity rate of 8%.

The positivity rate in the county was 8% (76/897) on Friday, Aug. 6; 12% (70/596) on Sunday, Aug. 8; 36% (124/340) on Monday, Aug. 9; 14% (116/809) on Tuesday, Aug. 10; 9% (119/1,309) on Wednesday, Aug. 11; and 11% (141/1,278) on Thursday, Aug. 12.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 233,224 tests have been conducted on county residents and 11.9% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, Aug. 14, AZDHS was reporting 27 new deaths and 3,418 new cases from 41,566 tests for a positivity rate of 8%. More than 962,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 18,462 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting nearly 37 million confirmed cases and 621,042 deaths the morning of Saturday, Aug. 14. More than 99% of recent deaths in the U.S. have involved unvaccinated individuals.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 4,350,032 deaths from more than 206 million confirmed cases on Saturday, Aug. 14.

To curtail virus spread, public health officials recommend that the unvaccinated maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others, wash their hands thoroughly and frequently, and wear 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.

A list of vaccine providers that receive vaccine from the county can be found at https://bit.ly/39gxPYJ. Kingman Regional Medical Center now accepts walk-ins for free vaccinations for persons ages 18 and older at its COVID Services office, located at the southeast corner of Stockton Hill Road and Detroit Avenue in Kingman. COVID Services is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Children age 12-17 must make appointments and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Vaccines for ages 12-17 are also available at Uptown Drug. Appointments are required.

For others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Some individuals with the virus, including those who have been fully vaccinated, can exhibit no symptoms, but are still capable of transmitting the disease.

The Kingman service area includes Kingman, New-Kingman/Butler, Chloride, Valentine, Meadview, Wikieup, Yucca, White Hills, Hackberry, Peach Springs and Oatman.

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