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2 more Kingman-area residents die from COVID-19

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KINGMAN – Complications of COVID-19 have killed three more Mohave County residents, including two from the Kingman medical service area.

The deaths, as well as another 21 new cases of the coronavirus, were reported by the Mohave County Department of Public Health on Thursday, March 18.

The newly deceased from the Kingman area include one adult each in the 80-89 and 90-plus age brackets. An adult age 40-49 from the Bullhead City service area also perished.

There were also three new cases reported in the Kingman area, one each in the 50-59, 60-69 and 80-89 age groups.

Bullhead City suffered the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with 10. There were also eight new cases recorded in the Lake Havasu City area.

While the number of deaths in the county remains tragically high, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the county has dropped dramatically after peaking in January at more than 1,000 per week, according to information from the Mohave County Department of Public Health.

There have been 212 cases and 11 deaths reported between noon on Thursday, March 11 and noon on Thursday, March 18. That compares to 232 new cases and eight deaths reported by the county between noon on Thursday, March 4 and noon on Thursday, March 11, which marked an increase of 30 cases over the previous seven days.

There were 202 new cases and 10 deaths reported between noon on Thursday, Feb. 25 and noon on Thursday, March 4, and 328 new cases and 19 deaths between noon on Thursday, Feb. 18 and noon on Thursday, Feb. 25.

According to tabulations on the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 174 coronavirus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, followed by Kingman with 142, Lake Havasu City with 139, Fort Mohave with 47, Golden Valley with 29 and Mohave Valley with 18. 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 5,777 cases for Lake Havasu City, 4,814 for Bullhead City, 4,356 for Kingman, 1,589 for Fort Mohave, 1,083 for Golden Valley, 735 for Mohave Valley and 436 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 137 cases in Topock, 50 in Meadview, 46 in Dolan Springs and 34 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 75.4 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.7 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 9.1% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 12,890 residents have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 19,588 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 21,794 cases in the county. The county has counted 581 deaths, while the state reports 672.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Thursday, March 18 there were 17 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 667 tests for a positivity rate of 3%.

The positivity rate in the county was 41% (81/200) on Thursday, March 11; 9% (20-253) on Friday, March 12; 9% (20/218) on Sunday, March 14; 7% (19/274) on Monday, March 15; 5% on Tuesday, March 16; and 6% (62/1,087) on Wednesday, March 17.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 167,459 tests have been conducted on county residents, and 13.2% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Friday, March 19, AZDHS was reporting 46 new deaths and 423 new cases from 30,451 tests for a positivity rate of 1%. More than 835,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 16,691 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 29.6 million confirmed cases and 539,801 deaths the morning of Friday, March 19. 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 2,693,814 deaths from nearly 122 million confirmed cases on Friday, March 19.

Vaccines are being administered in the county for those age 55 and older. The county webpage listing vaccination providers, and contact and appointment information for eligible groups, can be found at https://bit.ly/39gxPYJ. Educators, child-care workers, health-care workers, police, firefighters, and residents and employees of long-term care facilities, are also eligible to be vaccinated regardless of age.

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 in public 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 the 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.

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