Second Positive Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Kingman Area
Bringing Total to 5 for Mohave County
MOHAVE COUNTY (March 25, 2020) – The Mohave County Department of Public Health was notified today of a second COVID-19 case in the Kingman service area. The adult individual is not hospitalized and has completed the self-isolation process. There are now a total of five confirmed cases in Mohave County, two in Lake Havasu City, one in Bullhead City, and two in Kingman.
Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson urges residents throughout Mohave County to continue to practice social distancing policies put forward by the CDC and Arizona Department of Public Health. “In under five days, Mohave County has seen 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and I am sure we will see more in the coming weeks,” Johnson stated. “With COVID-19 being wide spread throughout the State, it is extremely important that folks follow social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all of Mohave County.”
Supervisor Johnson sat in on a conference call today with Governor Doug Ducey’s office in which they went over with County Supervisors and their staff what the state is doing in regards to their COVID-19 response. They stated that personal protection equipment (PPE) from the National Stockpile will be going out to communities the beginning of next week; however, overall the State is still having a supply shortage and is in constant talks with the Federal Government regarding it.
In response to testing, the Governor’s Office is still seeing a massive testing shortage Statewide; however, those who do get tested should start to see a quicker turn around when it comes to testing. “They informed us that starting yesterday all test kits are now being sent to the Arizona State Laboratory for processing,” Johnson stated. In weeks prior, some test kits were being sent out of state to places such as California who currently have a back log of tests to process. The turnaround time was somewhere from 5-7 days at times. By directing tests to the Arizona laboratory they anticipate turnaround time to be 24 hours going forward.
“As we get a better handle on testing and processing, I am sure we will see an overall increase in number of confirmed cases; however, one must also assume that there are more cases out there than just confirmed ones due to the lack of testing supplies,” Johnson said. So far Arizona has 665 confirmed cases and 13 deaths.
For more information please visit the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the AZ Department of Health Services at: https://azdhs.gov/…/infectious-disease-epidemiol…/index.php…