COVID-19 claims 5 more Kingman-area residents
KINGMAN – COVID-19 continues to kill Kingman-area residents, with five additional deaths and 97 new cases confirmed by the Mohave County Department of Public Health on Friday, Sept. 24.
The report covered the two-day period between noon on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and noon on Friday. The deaths helped pushed the toll in the county over the 800 mark, and the toll in Kingman to over 200, since the beginning of the pandemic.
Three of the local deaths involved older patients in the 70-79 age range. There was one additional local death each in the 40-49 and 60-69 age categories. A patient in the 70-79 age bracket from the Bullhead City medical service area also perished.
Of the 178 new cases reported in the county, more than half were logged in the Kingman service area.
Of the 97 new local cases, 25 are in the most-vulnerable age groups over 50, which have accounted for 95% of the deaths in the county since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 14 cases ages 60-69, seven ages 50-59, three ages 70-79 and one age 80-89.
Another 29 cases involved children and teens, including 15 ages 0-10 and 14 ages 11-19. There were also 19 cases ages 20-29, 14 ages 30-39, and 10 ages 40-49.
Elsewhere in the county, 51 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the Bullhead City service area, and 23 in the Lake Havasu City service area. There were also 2 new cases logged in the communities in the Arizona Strip, and five in undetermined areas of 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 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.
The 543 new cases and 21 deaths in the seven days ending Wednesday compares to 619 new cases and 14 deaths in the county in the week ending at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 15. There were 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 43.4% 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 breakthrough illnesses.
That places Mohave 12th out of 15 Arizona counties for receiving one dose of a vaccine, and is far below the 57.7% logged statewide. More than one-third of county residents – 78,893 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 229 coronavirus deaths. It is followed by Kingman with 200, Lake Havasu City with 178, 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 7,445 cases for Lake Havasu City, 7,176 for Kingman, 6,684 for Bullhead City, 2,352 for Fort Mohave, 1,491 for Golden Valley, 1,087 for Mohave Valley and 514 for Beaver Dam/Littlefield/Colorado City. There have also been 199 cases in Topock, 91 in Dolan Springs, 69 in Meadview and 62 in Yucca. The locations of the remaining cases are not specified.
The age of the average COVID-19 victim in the county is 73.2 years, while the average patient is 45.4 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% of Mohave County residents are known to have been infected.
County health officials have logged 27,903 coronavirus cases since the first local case was reported on March 24, 2020, while the Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 30,836 cases in the county. The county counts 801 deaths, while the state reports 917. County health officials report that 23,929 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. 24 there were 91 new cases from 981 tests in Mohave County for a positivity rate of 9%.
The positivity rate was 13% (122/932) on Friday, Sept. 17; 16% on Sunday, Sept. 19; 24% (90/373) on Monday, Sept. 20; 17% 9105/617) on Tuesday, Sept. 21; 11% (143/1,277) on Wednesday, Sept. 22; and 9% (68/774) on Thursday, Sept. 23.
Since the beginning of the pandemic 266,635 tests have been conducted on county residents and 12.1% have been positive, according to AZDHS.
Statewide on Saturday, Sept. 25 AZDHS was reporting 69 new deaths and 2,916 new cases from 34,260 tests for a positivity rate of 9%. Nearly 1,082,000 Arizonans have contracted the virus and 19,806 have died.
Nationwide, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine was reporting more than 42.8 million confirmed cases and 687,293 deaths the morning of Saturday, Sept. 25.
Globally, Johns Hopkins was reporting 4,740,559 deaths from more than 231 million confirmed cases on Saturday, Sept. 25.
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 innoculated 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 50-64 with underlying health conditions.