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COVID-19 claims lives of 13 in Mohave County, including 5 under age 60

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KINGMAN – Another 13 Mohave County residents have succumbed to complications from COVID-19, and the victims keep trending younger with five of the deaths in the age groups under 60.

The deaths, along with 201 new cases of the coronavirus, were announced by the Mohave County Department of Public Health on Friday, Sept. 17. The report covers the two-day period between noon on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and noon on Friday.

Three of the deaths, and 75 new cases, were logged in the Kingman medical service area. The local deceased included two patients in the 50-59 age group, and one age 40-49. Bullhead City led the county in new deaths with six. There were two Bullhead victims in both the 60-69 and 80-89 age brackets, plus one each age 40-49 and 70-79.

One patient each in the 80-89 and 90-plus age categories perished in the Lake Havasu City medical service area. The other deaths consisted of a patient in the 50-59 age range in the communities in the Arizona Strip, and one age 80-89 in an undetermined area of the county.

Of the 75 new Kingman cases, there were 27 in the age groups over 50 that have accounted for about 95% of the deaths in the county since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 14 new local cases ages 50-59, eight ages 60-69, four ages 70-79 and one age 80-89.

There were also 13 new local cases involving children and teens, including seven ages 11-19 and six ages 0-10. There were also 17 cases ages 40-49, 11 ages 30-39, and seven ages 20-29.

The Bullhead City area recorded the most new cases of the county’s four medical service areas with 93.

There were also 27 new cases in the Lake Havasu City service area, five in the North County service area, 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 this month.

The local surge in cases and deaths is attributed by local health officials to low vaccination rates and the presence of the highly contagious delta coronavirus variant.

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

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, only 43% 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 10th among 15 Arizona counties, and is far below the 57.2% logged statewide. More than one-third of county residents – 78,114 of about 213,000 – are fully vaccinated.

According to the county’s website, Bullhead City has suffered the most with 222 coronavirus deaths. It is followed by Kingman with 193, Lake Havasu City with 176, Fort Mohave with 71, Golden Valley with 41, and Mohave Valley and Fort Mohave with 28 apiece. 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 7,377 cases for Lake Havasu City, 6,900 for Kingman, 6,577 for Bullhead City, 2,317 for Fort Mohave, 1,462 for Golden Valley, 1,073 for Mohave Valley and 509 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 196 cases in Topock, 89 in Dolan Springs, 68 in Meadview and 59 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.

The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 73.4 years, while the age of the average patient is 45.6 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 12.8% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.

County health officials have logged 27,355 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 30,223 cases in the county. The county counts 787 deaths, while the state reports 899. County health officials report that 23,383 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. 17 there were 122 new cases from 932 tests in Mohave County for a positivity rate of 13%. The positivity rate was 12% (144/1,154) on Friday, Sept. 10; 15% (103/684) on Sunday, Sept. 12; 24% (102/424) on Monday, Sept. 13; 12% (148/1,284) on Wednesday, Sept. 15; and 9% (86/940) on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Since the beginning of the pandemic 261,447 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.1 % have been positive, according to AZDHS.

Statewide on Saturday, Sept. 18 AZDHS was reporting 108 new deaths and 2,742 new cases from 37,297 tests for a positivity rate of 7%. More than 1,064,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 19,487 have died.

Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 42 million confirmed cases and 672,883 deaths the morning of Saturday, Sept. 18.

Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 4,682,527 deaths from nearly 228 million confirmed cases on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Vaccines are readily available at area pharmacies, physician offices and the Kingman Regional Medical Center COVID Service 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 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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