COVID-19 Case update

Written by The Bee News

August 21, 2020

17 New COVID-19 Cases

Plus 4 Deaths

Total Positives Now Officially 3,432

MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (August 21, 2020) –The Mohave County Health Department (MCDPH) Nursing staff has been notified of 17 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

There are also four deaths from COVID-19 in the county.  All are previously reported cases. There are two 70-79 persons in the Bullhead City service area.  One 60-69 individual from the Lake Havasu City service area also died.  The final death is an 80-89 person in the Kingman service area.

Of the 17 new confirmed cases, 9 are in the Bullhead City area; there are 5 in the Lake Havasu City area. There are two cases in the Kingman area and one case is in North County.

Of the 9 Bullhead City area cases, 8 remain under investigation. Two are 20-29; one is 30-39; two are 40-49; two are 60-69; one is 70-79. The final Bullhead City area case is a 30-39 person, who is recovering at home and is linked to another confirmed case.

Of the 5 Lake Havasu City area cases, all remain under investigation.  Two are 30-39; one is 50-59; two are 60-69.

There are two confirmed cases in the Kingman area. One is a 20-29 person, who is recovering at home and is linked to another case. The second case is a 70-79 person and the case remains under investigation.

The final case is the sole one in the North County area.  It is a 20-29 person and the cae is under investigation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We were at 181 deaths yesterday and with the additional four today, that number should be 185- BUT, one of the deaths reported on August 18 in the Kingman service area was removed from the death count because the state of Arizona, upon review of the case, has changed the death cause as one not associated with COVID-19. Therefore, the count in the county is now 184 confirmed COVID deaths.

*The daily press releases on COVID-19 are now expected to be released later in the day than before as more information and a later cutoff in the daily tally is taking place.*

The county is now emphasizing the vitally important “trending” of the disease in the county and supplying some additional information in the website link below.

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The county, at this time, will not be releasing deaths by individual communities.

TOTAL POSITIVE CASES –—–3,432.

TOTAL RECOVERED: 2,161

The Mohave County Department of Health does not report any “probable” cases, only “confirmed” cases of COVID-19.

 

 **The Average age of all Mohave County positive cases is now 48.3 years old.

 ***The Average age of deaths from COVID-19 in Mohave County is now 76.4.

 For More detailed stats about COVID-19 in Mohave County, here is the same website as before, but, it has a new layout and detail:

https://covid-19-mohave.hub.arcgis.com/.

Please remember: It is vital that people continue to practice Social Distancing and wear masks in public. Always wash your hands when returning to your office or home. Please be alert and be safe.

The Mohave County Department of Public Health makes contact with all confirmed cases and encourages self-isolation for ten days to two weeks, depending on their symptoms and unique work and living situation.  Public Health staff then identify the people who have been exposed to the confirmed case (contact tracing) and encourage them to self-isolate until they are past the point of possibly developing the infection.  Public Health monitors each confirmed case, and all of the contacts during quarantines.

Also, for additional statewide information about the COVID-19 response, go to: https://azdhs.gov/

There remains the problem of an overall lack of interest in wearing a mask, staying home when sick, and true adherence to Social Distancing. This allows the COVID-19 virus to continue its march through our county. Over confidence is not the best attitude.

Meanwhile, please keep in mind that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to: 

*Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when unable to remain about six feet apart..

*Maintain Social Distancing (at least 6 Feet apart!)

*Stay at home if at all possible.

* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

* Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.

* Stay home when you are sick, or if you are not an essential employee.

* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

*Beware of false rumors and attempts to discredit COVID-19. It is not a hoax. Check reliable sources when new information comes out.

COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. For people with mild illness, individuals are asked to stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and get rest. For people with more severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, individuals are advised to seek healthcare, using telemedicine where available.

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