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State reports 436 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County

KINGMAN – The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 436 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths in Mohave County the mornings of Sunday, Jan. 31 and Monday, Feb. 1.

The county is coming off a deadly month with the Mohave County Department of Public Health reporting 153 deaths in January, about a third of the 456 deaths recorded by the county since the beginning of the pandemic in the spring of last year.

But the situation appears to be improving, with 986 cases and 26 deaths logged in the seven-day period ending at noon on Friday, Jan. 29. That’s down from the 1,207 cases and 39 deaths reported in the week ending at noon on Jan. 22, and the 1,538 new cases and 44 deaths reported in the second week of January.

After a quiet autumn, the county has been experiencing a rash of cases that mimic state and national trends.

Vaccines are now being administered in the county, but are in short supply and are not yet available to the general public. The county webpage listing vaccination providers, and contact and appointment information, can be found at https://bit.ly/39gxPYJ.

County health officials have logged 17,283 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 19,641 cases in the county. The county has counted 456 deaths, while the state reports 521.

According to the county’s tabulations, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 144 deaths, followed by Kingman with 114, Lake Havasu City with 105, Fort Mohave with 35, Golden Valley with 21 and Mohave Valley with 10. 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 5,188 cases for Lake Havasu City, 4,281 for Bullhead City, 3,889 for Kingman, 1,419 for Fort Mohave, 678 for Mohave Valley, 750 for Golden Valley and 394 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 115 cases in Topock, 42 in Dolan Springs and 40 in Meadview. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 75.6 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.7 years. The case fatality rate in the county is 2.6%, meaning 26 of every 1,000 individuals who have contracted the virus have died. Approximately 8.1% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 10,630 residents have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Sunday, Jan. 31 there were 246 new cases of COVID-19 from an equal number of tests for a positivity rate of 100%.

The positivity rate in the county was 32% (121/375) on Sunday, Jan. 24; 31% (130/423) on Monday, Jan. 25; 34% (104/304) on Tuesday, Jan. 26; 31% (109/348) on Wednesday, Jan. 27; 35% (142/408) on Thursday, Jan. 28; 68% (322/472) on Friday, Jan. 29; and 45% (190/420) on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 86,537 tests have been conducted on county residents, according to AZDHS. Of the 78,392 diagnostic tests for the actual virus, 17.4% have been positive. Of the 8,145 serology tests conducted on county residents, which detect only if the individual had the virus in the past, 15.5% have returned positive.

Statewide on Monday, Feb. 1, AZDHS was reporting four new deaths and 3,741 new cases from 10,700 tests for a positivity rate of 35%. More than 762,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 13,124 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 26.1 million confirmed cases and 441,367 deaths the morning of Monday, Feb. 1. The U.S. has experienced about one-fourth of all COVID-19 cases in the world, and about one-fifth of all deaths.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 2,230,190 deaths and more than 103 million confirmed cases on Monday, Feb. 1.

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.

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 in public when social distancing isn’t possible. Residents are also advised to get a flu vaccine to help prevent stress on the health care system.

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. Face coverings are also required inside buildings owned by the City of Kingman and Kingman Regional Medical Center.

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