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COVID-19 kills 4 more residents of Mohave County

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KINGMAN – Four more Mohave County residents have perished from complications of COVID-19.

The deaths were revealed, along with 45 new cases, by the Mohave County Department of Public Health on Friday, May 7. The report covers the two-day period between noon on Wednesday May 5, and noon on Friday.

The deceased were older county residents, including a patient in the 60-69 age bracket from the Kingman medical service area. The other three deaths were logged in the Bullhead City service area – one each age 70-79, 80-89 and 90-plus.

The deaths raised the toll, according to the county’s calculations, to 624 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Despite about one-third of adults in the county having been vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of new weekly cases continues to hover over 100.

There were 116 cases and five deaths recorded in the seven-day period ending at noon on Wednesday, May 5. That compares to 144 cases and five deaths in the seven days ending at noon on Wednesday, April 28, and 110 new cases and 10 deaths in the prior seven days.

According to tabulations on the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 186 coronavirus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. It is followed by Kingman with 150, Lake Havasu City with 149, Fort Mohave with 53, Golden Valley with 31 and Mohave Valley with 20. 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 6,022 cases for Lake Havasu City, 5,082 for Bullhead City, 4,589 for Kingman, 1,674 for Fort Mohave, 1,122 for Golden Valley, 785 for Mohave Valley and 444 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 144 cases in Topock, 54 in Meadview, 49 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 75.2 years, while the age of the average patient is 47.6 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 9.6% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13,947 residents are known to have recovered from the virus, according to county health officials.

County health officials have logged 20,551 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 22,797 cases in the county. The county counts 624 deaths, while the state reports 721. Of Arizona’s 15 counties, Mohave has recorded the fifth most cases.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, May 7 there were 18 new cases of COVID-19 in Mohave County from 426 new tests for a positivity rate of 4%.

The positivity rate in the county was 5% (19/365) on Friday, April 30; 3% (15/430) on Saturday, May 1; 6% (16/252) on Sunday, May 2; 12% (15/126) on Monday, May 3; 5% (24/477) on Tuesday, May 4; 4% (15/393) on Wednesday, May 5; and 4% (15/393) on Thursday, May 6.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 188,838 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.3% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, May 8, AZDHS was reporting 16 new deaths and 939 new cases from 26,595 tests for a positivity rate of 4%. More than 868,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 17,407 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting nearly 32.7 million confirmed cases and 580,915 deaths the morning of Saturday, May 8. The U.S. has experienced about one-fifth of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 3,272,959 deaths from more than 157 million confirmed cases on Saturday, May 8.

All adults are now eligible to receive the vaccine, and the county reports that the shots are readily available at area pharmacies, Kingman Regional Medical Center’s Hualapai Mountain Campus and a list of providers that receive vaccine from the county that 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. The Pfizer vaccine, if available, can be administered to those ages 16 and up.

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.

Kingman Regional Medical Center now accepts walk-ins 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.

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.

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