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KINGMAN – Five more Mohave County residents, including three from the Kingman medical service area, have died from complications of COVID-19.

The deaths, along with 108 new cases of the coronavirus, were reported by the Mohave County Department of Public Health on Thursday and Friday, March 18-19.

The deaths raised the toll in the county since the beginning of the pandemic a year ago to 583. Nearly 20,000 county residents have been infected.

Kingman’s toll rose to 143 with the newly deceased patients, one age 80-89 and two ages 90-plus.

Bullhead City also suffered two addtional deaths, adults age 40-49 and 80-89.

Of the 108 new cases in the county, 18 are in the Kingman medical service area, including four in the most-vulnerable age groups over 60 – two each ages 60-69 and 80-89. There were also four cases ages 50-59, three each ages 0-10 and 30-39, and two each ages 11-19 and 40-49.

Lake Havasu City experienced the most new cases of the county four medical service areas with 46. There were also 41 new cases in the Bullhead City service area, four in the Arizona Strip and one in an undetermined location in the county.

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 were 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 175 coronavirus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, followed by Kingman with 143, 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 5,819 cases for Lake Havasu City, 4,841 for Bullhead City, 4,369 for Kingman, 1,596 for Fort Mohave, 1,084 for Golden Valley, 739 for Mohave Valley and 438 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 47.8 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 9.2% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 12,916 residents have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 19,692 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 21,896 cases in the county. The county has counted 583 deaths, while the state reports 673.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, March 19 there were 102 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 1,178 tests for a positivity rate of 9%.

The positivity rate in the county was 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; 6% (62/1,087) on Wednesday, March 17; and 3% (17/667) on Thursday, March 18.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 168,637 tests have been conducted on county residents, and 13.2% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, March 20, AZDHS was reporting 42 new deaths and 735 new cases from 40,715 tests for a positivity rate of 2%. Nearly 836,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 16,733 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 29.7 million confirmed cases and 541,513 deaths the morning of Saturday, March 20. 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 2,705,105 deaths from nearly 123 million confirmed cases on Saturday, March 20.

Vaccines are being administered in the county for those ages 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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