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Mohave County logs 73 new COVID cases

KINGMAN – The number of new COVID-19 cases in Mohave County appears to be rising again.

The Mohave County Department of Public Health on Friday, June 25 announced 73 new cases of the coronavirus in the county in the 48-hour period ending at noon on Friday. That’s more than half of the 144 cases logged in each of the prior seven-day periods.

There was also one new death from complications of COVID-19, an adult in the 60-69 age bracket from the Bullhead City medical service area. It raised the toll in the county since the beginning of the pandemic to 651, according to county health officials.

Of the 73 new cases, 32 were in the Kingman medical service area. There were seven new cases ages 11-19, five new cases each in the 0-10, 20-29 and 30-39 age groups, four cases each in the 50-59 and 60-69 age groups, and one each age 40-49 and 80-89.

The Lake Havasu City area experienced the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with 33. There were also seven new cases recorded in the Bullhead City service area, and one in the Arizona Strip.

The number of new cases had been growing in the county for several weeks, before leveling off. In the seven-day period ending Wednesday, June 23 the Mohave County Department of Public Health reported 144 new cases and two deaths, the same number of cases logged between June 10 and June 16, when three deaths occurred. The number of cases had been hovering below 100 for about a month.

The steady stream of cases in the county comes despite vaccines being readily available for all persons age 12 and older. 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. There were 90 new cases and six deaths in the seven-day period ending at noon on Wednesday, May 26, and 70 cases and two deaths in the seven days ending on Wednesday, May 19.

The Arizona Department of Health Services was reporting Saturday, June 25 that 79,544 Mohave County residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, which amounts to 36.7% of all county residents. About 66,000 county residents are now fully vaccinated.

According to the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 198 coronavirus deaths. It is followed by Lake Havasu City with 153, 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 6,295 cases for Lake Havasu City, 5,222 for Bullhead City, 4,764 for Kingman, 1,758 for Fort Mohave, 1,149 for Golden Valley, 822 for Mohave Valley and 449 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 148 cases in Topock, 56 in Meadview, 53 in Dolan Springs and 39 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 47.4 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 9.9% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 18,050 residents are known to have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 21,325 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 23,634 cases in the county. The county counts 651 deaths, while the state reports 750. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, June 25, there were 26 new cases from 359 tests for a positivity rate of 7%.

The positivity rate in the county was 18% (30/170) on Monday, June 21; 9% (21/237) on Tuesday, June 22; 5% (38/832) on Wednesday, June 23; and 12% (47/408) on Thursday, June 24.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 205,356 tests have been conducted on county residents and 11.8% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, June 26, AZDHS was reporting 11 new deaths and 475 new cases from 31,877 tests for a positivity rate of 1%. Nearly 893,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,914 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 33.6 million confirmed cases and 603,541 deaths the morning of Saturday, June 26.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 3,911,527 deaths from nearly 181 million confirmed cases on Saturday, June 26.

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. 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.

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