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5 dead, 155 infected due to COVID-19 in Mohave County



KINGMAN – The deaths from COVID-19 in Mohave County keep trending younger, with the five deaths reported between noon on Friday, July 23 and noon on Monday, July 26 including three residents under the age of 60.

The 155 new cases and five deaths were reported by the Mohave County Department of Public Health in the three-day period between noon on Friday, July 23 and noon on Monday, July 26.

Three of the five newly deceased are from the expansive Kingman medical service area, including one resident each in the 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69 age ranges. The other deaths are among patients age 50-59 and 70-79 from the Lake Havasu city medical service area.

Of the 155 new cases, 45 are in the Kingman service area, including 13 in the age groups over 60 that have proven to be more vulnerable to complications of the coronavirus. There were 11 new local cases ages 60-69, two ages 80-89 and one each age 70-79 and 90-plus.

Other local cases included seven ages 50-59, five each ages 20-29, 30-39 and 40-49; four ages 11-19 and three ages 0-10.

The Bullhead City area suffered the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with 76, including 15 over age 60. There were also 29 new confirmed cases in the Lake Havasu City service area, and five in the communities in the Arizona Strip.

Cases have been rising again in the county, and Kingman Regional Medical Center has reported an increase in hospitalizations. There have been 309 new cases reported in the five-day period ending at noon on Monday, July 26.

That compares to 386 new cases and three deaths reported by county health officials in the week ending Wednesday, July 21, and 356 cases and eight deaths in the seven days ending at noon on Wednesday, July 14. There were 222 new cases and four deaths in the seven-day period ending Wednesday, June 30; 144 new cases and two deaths in the week ending Wednesday, June 23; and 144 cases between June 10 and June 16, when three deaths occurred.

Vaccine reluctance is also figuring in the local surge. According to AZDHS, only 38.9% of county residents have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That compares to 51.7% statewide.

About one-third of county residents – 70,778 of about 210,000 – are fully vaccinated.

According to the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 207 coronavirus deaths. It is followed by Lake Havasu City with 161, Kingman with 156, Fort Mohave with 64, Golden Valley with 34 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 6,631 cases for Lake Havasu City, 5,626 for Bullhead City, 5,151 for Kingman, 1,883 for Fort Mohave, 1,202 for Golden Valley, 891 for Mohave Valley and 463 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 160 cases in Topock, 66 in Dolan Springs, 57 in Meadview and 45 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 74.4 years, while the age of the average patient is 46.9 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 10.6% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

County health officials have logged 22,832 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 25,199 cases in the county. The county counts 683 deaths, while the state reports 782.

County health officials report that 18,851 county residents are known to have recovered from the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Monday, July 26 there were 88 new cases from 274 tests in Mohave County for a positivity rate of 32%.

The positivity rate was 39% (100/257) on Monday, July 19; 11% (56/530) on Tuesday, July 20; 7% (85/1,176) on Wednesday, July 21; 15% (103/664) on Friday, July 23; 17% (56/335) on Saturday, July 24; and 17% (56/335) on Sunday, July 25.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 219,699 tests have been conducted on county residents and 11.8% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Tuesday, July 27, AZDHS was reporting 12 new deaths and 1,475 new cases from 16,390 tests for a positivity rate of 9%. More than 915,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 18,183 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 34 million confirmed cases and 610,720 deaths the morning of Tuesday, July 27. More than 99% of recent deaths in the U.S. have involved unvaccinated individuals.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 4,143,105 deaths from more than 193 million confirmed cases on Tuesday, July 26.

A list of vaccine providers that receive vaccine from the county can be found at 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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