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4 more Kingmanites die from COVID-19, 37 more infected

KINGMAN – Complications from COVID-19 have claimed the lives of eight more Mohave County residents, including four residents of the Kingman medical service area. There were also 155 new cases announced by the Mohave County Department of Public Health on Friday, Oct. 1 in a report that covered the two-day span between noon on Wednesday, Sept. 29 and noon on Friday.

The local deaths involved older adult patients – two each in the 60-69 and 70-79 age groups. A resident in the 80-89 age bracket from the Bullhead City medical service, and three patients from the Lake Havasu City service area – two ages 80-89 and one age 70-79 – also perished.

The high number of deaths continued a trend that began several months ago, and is attributed by local health officials to the dominance of the more-transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, and a reluctance among residents in the county to take the life-saving vaccine.

Of the 155 new cases in the county, 37 were logged in the Kingman service area. There were eight local cases each in the 30-39 and 40-49 age brackets, plus seven ages 20-29. Only nine of the new local cases – five ages 60-69 and four ages 50-59 – were recorded in the age groups over 50 that are more susceptible to complications from the disease. There were also three new local cases ages 0-10, and two ages 11-19.

The Bullhead City area logged the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with 79, including 17 over age 50. There were also 33 new confirmed cases in the Lake Havasu City area, five in the communities in the Arizona Strip, and one in an undetermined location in the county.

While COVID-19 cases nationwide are starting to trend downward, Mohave County is still a high-transmission area. “Well over 90% of all those who are hospitalized were not vaccinated,” the county wrote in a news release last month.

The local surge in cases has been ongoing for several months, but appears to have stabilized in recent weeks.

There were 559 new cases and 15 deaths in the week ending Wednesday, Sept 29, compared to 543 new cases and 21 deaths in the seven days ending Wednesday, Sept. 22.

There were 619 new cases and 14 deaths in the county in the week ending at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 15; 477 new cases and 16 deaths in the seven-day period ending Wednesday, Sept. 8; and 637 cases and 11 deaths in the seven-day span ending Wednesday, Sept. 1.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, only 43.7% of eligible county residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which have proven effective at preventing the disease and lessening the severity of breakthrough illnesses.

That places Mohave 12th out of 15 Arizona counties for receiving one dose of a vaccine, and is far below the 58.4% logged statewide. More than one-third of county residents – 79,462 of about 213,000 – are fully vaccinated, but that’s the lowest rate among the state’s 15 counties.

According to the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 226 coronavirus deaths. It is followed by Kingman with 205, Lake Havasu City with 181, Golden Valley with 41, Fort Mohave with 77 and Mohave Calley with 29. 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 7,543 cases for Lake Havasu City, 7,371 for Kingman, 6,821 for Bullhead City, 2,397 for Fort Mohave, 1,527 for Golden Valley, 1,112 for Mohave Valley and 522 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 203 cases in Topock, 96 in Dolan Springs, 70 in Meadview and 65 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 73.3 years, while the average patient is 45.3 years old. The case fatality rate in the county is 2.9%, meaning 29 of every 1,000 individuals who have contracted the virus have died. Approximately 13.3% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

County health officials have logged 28,479 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 31,445 cases in the county. The county counts 816 deaths, while the state reports 938. County health officials report that 24,294 county residents are known to have recovered from the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to daily testing data from AZDHS for Friday, Oct. 1 there were 83 new cases from 838 tests in Mohave County for a positivity rate of 10%.

The positivity rate was 9% (91/981) on Friday, Sept. 24; 22% (70/321) on Sunday, Sept. 26; 55% (82/149) on Monday, Sept. 27; 8% (91/1,181) on Tuesday, Sept. 28; 9% (121/1,353) on Wednesday, Sept. 29 and 14% (110/767) on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 272,072 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.1% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, Oct. 2 AZDHS was reporting 95 new deaths and 2,942 new cases from 34,379 tests for a positivity rate of 9%. More than 1,093,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 19,984 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 43.6 million confirmed cases and 700,492 deaths the morning of Saturday, Oct. 2.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting about 4.8 million deaths from more than 234 million confirmed cases on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Vaccines are readily available at area pharmacies, physician offices and the Kingman Regional Medical Center COVID Services office at the corner of Stockton Hill Road and Detroit Avenue.

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, including those who have been fully vaccinated, can exhibit no symptoms, but are still capable of transmitting the disease.

The Kingman medical service area includes Kingman, New-Kingman/Butler, Chloride, Valentine, Meadview, Wikieup, Yucca, White Hills, Hackberry, Peach Springs, Valle Vista and Oatman.

The county also passed along new federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations calling for persons who were inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago to get a booster shot if they meet one of the following criteria:

– Persons age 65 or older.

– Residents of long-term care facilities.

– Persons ages 18-64 with underlying health conditions.

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