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Mohave County records 93 new COVID-19 cases in just 2 days

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KINGMAN – Another 93 Mohave County residents have contracted COVID-19 in just a two-day span between noon on Wednesday, June 30 and noon on Friday, July 2.

The new cases, along with three deaths, were reported by the Mohave County Department of Public Health on Friday, July 2.

The 93 cases in two days were more than were recorded in any single week in the month of May.

The number of weekly cases has been rising since, reaching 222 in the week ending at noon on Wednesday, June 30.

The increase may be attributable to a more transmissible strain of the virus – the delta variant – which has been discovered in some patients and is circulating in the county.

The newly deceased include one patient each from the 60-69 and 70-79 age groups in the Lake Havasu City medical service, and a patient age 60-69 from the Bullhead City service area. Their deaths raised the toll to 656 since the beginning of the pandemic by the county’s calculations.

Of the 93 new cases reported Friday, 30 were in the expansive 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 two new cases each in the 80-89 and 90-plus age groups, and one each in the 60-69 and 70-79 age brackets.

There were also seven new Kingman-area cases ages 20-29, six ages 11-19, four ages 30-39, three each ages 40-49 and 50-59, and one age 0-10.

Lake Havasu City suffered the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with 32, including nine over age 60. Another 31 new cases were reported in the Bullhead City service area.

The steady stream of cases in the county comes despite vaccines being readily available for all persons ages 12 and older. In the seven-day period ending Wednesday, June 23 the county reported 144 new cases and two deaths, the same number of cases logged between June 10 and June 16, when three deaths occurred. There were 122 cases and five deaths in the week ending Wednesday, June 9, and 83 cases and six deaths in the week ending Wednesday, June 2.

The Arizona Department of Health Services was reporting Saturday, July 3 that 80,311 Mohave County residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, which amounts to 37% of all county residents. About 67,200 county residents are now fully vaccinated.

According to the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 202 coronavirus deaths. It is followed by Lake Havasu City with 154, Kingman with 152, Fort Mohave with 59, Golden Valley with 33 and Mohave Valley with 21. 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 6,386 cases for Lake Havasu City, 5,265 for Bullhead City, 4,816 for Kingman, 1,782 for Fort Mohave, 1,154 for Golden Valley, 834 for Mohave Valley and 450 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 150 cases in Topock, 56 in Meadview, 53 in Dolan Springs and 41 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 74.8 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.3 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 10.1% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 18,229 residents are known to have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 21,556 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 23,905 cases in the county. The county counts 656 deaths, while the state reports 756. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, July 2, there were 46 new cases from 350 tests for a positivity rate of 13%.

The positivity rate in the county was 7% (26/359) on Friday, June 25; 1% (2/380) on Saturday, June 26; 24% (43/179) on Sunday, June 27; 23% (39/167) on Monday, June 28; 14% (46/340) on Tuesday, June 29; 9% (45/900) on Wednesday, June 30; and 13% (50/392) on Thursday, July 1.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 207,665 tests have been conducted on county residents and 11.8% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, July 3, AZDHS was reporting 14 new deaths and 645 new cases from 24,679 tests for a positivity rate of 3%. More than 896,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,975 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 33.7 million confirmed cases and 605,532 deaths the morning of Saturday, July 3.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 3,965,986 deaths from more than 182 million confirmed cases on Saturday, July 3.

All adults are now eligible to receive the vaccine, and the county reports that the shots are readily available. A list of 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 now available at Uptown Drug and KRMC’s COVID Services office at 3116 Stockton Hill Road, and appointments are required.

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.

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.

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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