The number of new coronavirus cases in Arizona continues to decline. Statewide, there were less than 4,000 new cases in the week ending March 27. This marked four weeks in a row the number of new cases has been below 10,000.

The week saw the Parker Unified School District return to full-time, in-person classes for the first time in a year. Gov. Doug Ducey eased many of the mitigation policies that had been in effect, include local government-mandated face mask requirements. He left it up to private businesses to decide if they want to have their own face mask requirements. The age for being able to receive the coronavirus vaccine was lowered to 16.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports almost 3.16 million doses of the vaccine have been administered as of March 27. That’s an increase of more than 300,000 from the week before.

As of March 27, ADHS reported there were 839,334 cases in the state as compared with 835,765 cases in the state on March 20, an increase of 3,570 for the week. As an indicator of the decline in new cases, the week that ended Jan. 24, there were 56,000 new cases.

The state had seen 16,912 deaths as of March 27. There were 16,733 coronavirus-related deaths as of March 20. That’s 179 for the week.

There were 2,442 cases reported in La Paz County as of March 27. That’s 16 new cases for the week. The number of coronavirus-related deaths is at 75.

Of the cases in La Paz County, 850 have been members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes who were tested at Indian Health Services. That’s two new cases for the week. The Manataba Messenger Facebook page reports none of these cases are currently hospitalized in or outside the area. A total of 17 Tribal members have died from coronavirus-related conditions.

The Tribal Council has eased many of the restrictions of their “Safe at Home” order as of March 13. The new “Safer at Home” resolution will remain in effect until at least April 30.

The Tribes are reminding everyone their face mask requirements for public places on Tribal lands remains in effect, as they are sovereign and not subject to the state’s orders. Tribal Chairwoman Amelia Flores acknowledged real progress has been made in the fight against the virus, but added the Tribal Council has decided it would not be in the best health interests of Tribal members to end their face mask requirements or their limits on large gatherings.

Special events at the BlueWater Resort & Casino, which is the Tribe’s largest and best-known enterprise, remain cancelled until further notice.

The ADHS reported over 3.16 million doses of the vaccine have been administered statewide as of March 27. A total of over 2 million Arizonans have received one dose, while 1.23 million had received both doses.

La Paz County has had 10,616 doses administered, with 6,702 having received at least one shot and 3,940 having received both shots. The vast majority of county residents to be vaccinated as of March 27 were over the age of 65. On March 25, Gov. Ducey lowered the age where people would be vaccinated to 16.

The county health department has a first dose clinic set for 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 31 at Parker High School, 1608 Laguna Avenue. In addition to people over the age of 18, the department said this clinic is for frontline essential workers, beauticians, childcare workers, food and agriculture, grocery stores, food service, manufacturing, finance (banks), transportation, U.S. Postal Service employees and public works employees who handle water and wastewater.

To set an appointment, call 928-669-1100.

The Worldometers website, which tracks cases worldwide, Arizona has 798,809 recovered cases and 23,613 active ones. Of the cases that have reached a conclusion and have been closed, the survival rate is 96 to 97 percent.

The only states Worldometers reports as having more active cases that recovered ones are Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Rhode Island and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Worldometers reported 30.9 million cases in the United States as of March 27, while there were 30.4 million cases reported as of March 20. The United States has seen more than one-quarter of all the coronavirus cases in the world.

The have been 562,012 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States as of March 27. There were 554,817 deaths as of March 20.

California leads the nation with 3.66 million cases and over 58,000 deaths. They were the first state to have over 50,000 deaths. Texas has seen 2.78 million cases and over 48,000 deaths.

Nationwide, Worldometers reports 23.3 million Americans have recovered and 7 million cases are still active. The survival rate for cases that have reached a conclusion and are closed is 98 percent.

Worldwide, the number of cases reported has reached 127.3 million cases, according to Worldometers. There have been 2.79 million deaths and over 102 million have recovered. The survival rate is 97 percent.


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sam whittemore

its a lie!! we are gonna die! there are kung flu-19 victims lying in the streets! stay in! mask up! lock down! do it for the children fer gawds sake! the ending that this country of obese sheep, led by wolves, and owned by pigs gets, is the ending it deserves.

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