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COVID-19 kills 3 Mohave County residents, 52 more infected with virus

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KINGMAN – Three more Mohave County residents have succumbed to complications of COVID-19, and another 52 residents have contracted the coronavirus, the Mohave County Department of Public Health reported on Thursday and Friday, March 25-26.

The deceased include adults age 70-79 and 80-89 from the Lake Havasu City medical service area, and an adult age 70-79 from the Bullhead City service area, county health officials reported.

The deaths raised the toll in the county since the beginning of the pandemic a year ago to 591.

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 county health data. It has plateaued at about 200 cases per week.

There were 214 new cases and 10 deaths logged between noon on Thursday, March 18 and noon on Thursday, March 25. That compares to 212 cases and 11 deaths reported between noon on Thursday, March 11 and noon on Thursday, March 18, according to data from the county. There were 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.

According to tabulations on the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 176 coronavirus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, followed by Kingman with 146, Lake Havasu City with 142, Fort Mohave with 47, Golden Valley with 30 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 5,856 cases for Lake Havasu City, 4,868 for Bullhead City, 4,408 for Kingman, 1,610 for Fort Mohave, 1,093 for Golden Valley, 754 for Mohave Valley and 442 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 140 cases in Topock, 51 in Meadview, 46 in Dolan Springs and 36 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, 13,169 residents have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 19,828 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 22,055 cases in the county. The county counts 591 deaths, while the state reports 683. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, March 26 there were 14 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 604 tests for a positivity rate of 2%.

The positivity rate in the county was 9% (102/1.178) on Friday, March 19; 3% (26/1,010) on Saturday, March 20; 4% (16/361) on Sunday, March 21; 11% (30/276) on Monday, March 22; 4% (21/521) on Tuesday, March 23; 3% (14/552) on Wednesday, March 24; and 7% (38/531) on Thursday, March 25.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 172,494 tests have been conducted on county residents and 13% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, March 27, AZDHS was reporting 14 new deaths and 776 new cases from 26,141 tests for a positivity rate of 3%. More than 839,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 16,912 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 30.1 million confirmed cases and 548,130 deaths the morning of Saturday, March 27. 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 2,770,134 deaths from more than 125 million confirmed cases on Saturday, March 27.

Vaccines are being administered in Mohave County for those ages 18 and older.

The county webpage listing vaccination providers, and contact and appointment information for eligible groups, can be found at https://bit.ly/39gxPYJ.

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 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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