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COVID-19 kills 5 more residents of the Kingman area in 2-day span

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KINGMAN – The Kingman area continues to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 surge in Mohave County, with five area residents perishing from complications of the coronavirus in the two-day period ending at noon on Friday, Sept. 10. It raised the death toll in Kingman to 12 over seven days, and 186 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The local deaths included three in the 60-69 age bracket, and one each in the 80-89 and 90-plus age groups. In the Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City medical service areas there was one death each in the 70-79 age range.

Another 101 Kingman-area residents were diagnosed with the virus in the report issued by the Mohave County Department of Public Health on Friday. That’s nearly half of the 214 new cases recorded countywide.

Of the new local cases, 39 were in the age groups over 50 that have accounted for about 95% of the deaths in the county from the virus. There were 17 new cases ages 50-59, nine each ages 60-69 and 70-79, and four ages 80-89.

Another 24 infections were logged by children and teens in the county, including 17 cases ages 11-19 and seven ages 0-10.

There were also 15 new local cases ages 40-49, 13 ages 30-39 and 10 ages 20-29.

Elsewhere in the county there were 65 new confirmed cases in the Bullhead City medical service area, 46 in the Lake Havasu City service area, one in the communities in the Arizona Strip, and one in an undetermined location in the county.

According to county health officials, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in many parts of the United States, including Mohave County. “Well over 90% of all those who are hospitalized were not vaccinated,” the county wrote in a news release.

The county has been experiencing a surge in cases and deaths that local health officials attribute to low vaccination rates and the presence of the highly contagious delta coronavirus variant.

There were 477 new cases and 16 deaths in the seven-day period ending at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 8. That compares to 637 new cases and 11 deaths tabulated in the week ending on Wednesday, Sept. 1; 613 cases and 12 deaths in the week ending on Wednesday, Aug. 25; and 663 cases and 15 deaths in the week ending Wednesday, Aug. 18.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, only 42.4% 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 break-though illnesses.

That places Mohave 10th among 15 Arizona counties, and is far below the 56.7% logged statewide and more than 75% nationwide. More than one-third of county residents – 76,481 of about 213,000 – are fully vaccinated.

According to the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 219 coronavirus deaths. It is followed by Kingman with 186, Lake Havasu City with 174, Fort Mohave with 71, Golden Valley with 41 and Mohave Valley with 26. 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 7,305 cases for Lake Havasu City, 6,447 for Bullhead City, 6,628 for Kingman, 2,266 for Fort Mohave, 1,422 for Golden Valley, 1,050 for Mohave Valley and 503 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 188 cases in Topock, 88 in Dolan Springs, 66 in Meadview and 56 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 73.6 years, while the age of the average patient is 45.7 years. 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 12.5% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

County health officials have logged 26,725 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 29,546 cases in the county. The county counts 767 deaths, while the state reports 875. County health officials report that 23,123 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, Sept. 10 there were 144 new cases from 1,154 tests in Mohave County for a positivity rate of 12%. The positivity rate was 12% (147/1,233) on Wednesday, Sept. 1; and 17% (147/854) on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 255,734 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12% have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, Sept. 11 AZDHS was reporting 62 new deaths and 2,480 new cases from 32,251 tests for a positivity rate of 8%. More than 1,039,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 19,141 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting nearly 41 million confirmed cases and 659,065 deaths the morning of Saturday, Sept. 11. More than 99% of recent deaths in the U.S. have involved unvaccinated individuals.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 4,619,760 deaths from more than 224 million confirmed cases on Saturday, Sept. 11.

A list of vaccine providers that receive vaccine from the county can be found at https://bit.ly/39gxPYJ. Kingman Regional Medical Center now accepts walk-ins for free vaccinations for persons ages 18 and older at its COVID Services office, located at the southeast corner of Stockton Hill Road and Detroit Avenue in Kingman. COVID Services is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Children age 12-17 must make appointments and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Vaccines for ages 12-17 are also available at Uptown Drug. Appointments are required.

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

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