MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (April 7, 2020) – There are now 23 positive COVID-19 cases in the county. The latest is a Kingman service area individual, an adult in the 20-44 age range, who is currently isolated at home. The case is the result of “community spread.” Nurses will begin the contact investigation as soon as possible.
As defined by the CDC, community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
This new case brings to 23 the total positives cases in the county. There are now 14 positive confirmed cases in the Lake Havasu City area, seven in Kingman, and two in Bullhead City. One of the 23 passed away and became the first COVID-19-related death in the county. This person was over the age of 65 and had other underlying health conditions and had been hospitalized at Havasu Regional Medical Center.
The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- 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 people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, or if you are a 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.
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.
Mohave County activated its Health Department Operations Center on February 1, 2020, after the first case of travel-associated COVID-19 was confirmed in Arizona. The Health Department Operations Center remains open to coordinate the County’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
For more information about the COVID-19 response in Arizona, go online to: https://azdhs.gov/
For more information about COVID-19 in Mohave County, please visit https://covid-19-mohave.hub.arcgis.com/.