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Mohave County counts 2 more COVID deaths, 23 additional cases

KINGMAN – Bullhead City continues to bear the brunt of a waning but still deadly coronavirus pandemic in Mohave County.

The Mohave County Department of Public Health reported Friday, June 4 that two more residents of the Bullhead City medical service area – adult patients in the 60-69 age range that have been eligible for vaccines for months – have died from complications of COVID-19.

It raised the toll in the county since the beginning of the pandemic to at least 644, according to county health officials. The state Department of Health Services has counted 740 deaths in the county.

Bullhead City also experienced 14 of the 23 new cases logged during the reporting period, which covered the two days between noon on Wednesday, June 2 and noon on Friday. Three of those cases were logged were patients age 60 or older, who have prov en more vulnerable to complications of the disease.

Just four the of the new cases were logged in the Kingman medical service area – two each ages 20-29 and 40-49. There were also five new cases reported in the Lake Havasu City service area.

Despite vaccines being readily available, the deaths from COVID-19 in Mohave County keep adding up, with 14 recorded in the past 16 days by county health officials.

There were 83 new cases of the coronavirus and six deaths in the seven-day period ending at noon on Wednesday, June 2. That compares to 90 cases and six deaths in the seven-day period ending at noon on Wednesday, May 26, and 70 cases and two deaths in the prior seven days.

There were 92 cases and seven deaths in the week ending Wednesday, May 12; and 116 cases and five deaths recorded in the seven-day period ending May 5.

According to tabulations on the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 195 coronavirus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. It is followed by Kingman with 151, Lake Havasu City with 151, Fort Mohave with 57, 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 6,097 cases for Lake Havasu City, 5,165 for Bullhead City, 4,663 for Kingman, 1,726 for Fort Mohave, 1,133 for Golden Valley, 806 for Mohave Valley and 446 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City.

There have also been 146 cases in Topock, 56 in Meadview, 53 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 74.9 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.5 years. The case fatality rate in the county is 3.1%, meaning 31 of every 1,000 individuals who have contracted the virus have died. Approximately 9.7% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 17,762 residents are known to have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 20,876 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 23,137 cases in the county. The county counts 644 deaths, while the state reports 740. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, June 4 there were 8 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 334 tests for a positivity rate of 2%. The positivity rate in the county was 4% on Wednesday, June 2; and 6% (25/418) on Thursday, June 3.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 198,187 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, June 5, AZDHS was reporting 25 new deaths and 277 new cases from 25,236 tests for a positivity rate of 1%. More than 883,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,698 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting nearly 33.4 million confirmed cases and 597,082 deaths the morning of Saturday, June 5.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 3,714,610 deaths from nearly 173 million confirmed cases on Saturday, June 5.

All adults are now eligible to receive the vaccine, and the county reports that the shots are readily available at area pharmacies and Kingman Regional Medical Center’s Hualapai Mountain Campus. A list of providers that receive vaccine from the county 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. Vaccines for ages 12-17 are now available at Uptown Drug and KRMC’s Hualapai Mountain Campus, and appointments are required.

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.

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.

Kingman Regional Medical Center now accepts walk-ins for free vaccinations 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. Children age 12-17 must make appointments and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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