CRIT masks

La Paz County and the Colorado River Indian Tribes have recently seen a surge in new coronavirus cases. This sign by the Moovalya Plaza Shopping Center reminds people of the Tribes' face mask requirements for public areas.

The La Paz County Health Department is announcing a total of 42 new coronavirus cases from the Labor Day weekend. In a press release, the department said there were 39 cases between Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and three more on Monday. The county has now seen 2,746 cases.

There have been 84 coronavirus-related deaths in La Paz County, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The County Health Department broke down the new cases this way:  ten individuals are in the Parker service district and within the age groups of under 20, 20-44 and 45-54, 55-64 and over 65 years old. Four individuals are in the Bouse service district and within the age groups of under 20, 20-44 and over 65 years old. Five individuals are in the Quartzsite service district and within the age groups of 55-64 and over 65 years old. Three individuals are in the McMullen Valley service district and within the age group of 20-44 years old. Two individuals are in the Buckskin service district and within the age groups of 20-44 and 45-54 years old. Two individuals are in the Ehrenberg service district and within the age groups of under 20 and 45-54 years old. Nine individuals are in an unknown service district and within the age groups of under 20, 20-44, and 55-64 years old. The remaining seven individuals are within the Colorado River Indian Tribes service district.

On Sept. 1, the Colorado River Indian Tribes reported more new cases of the coronavirus than they have in some time. In a press release, they said 15 new cases had been reported out of Tribal members who tested at Indian Health Services. They said no one is hospitalized at this time. There have been 18 coronavirus-related deaths among Tribal members.

This came the same week the United States became the first nation in the world to top 40 million cases. More than 12 percent of all Americans have tested positive for the virus. By Sept. 7, there had been 40.8 million cases in the United States. There have been 667,000 coronavirus-related deaths, while an estimated 31.4 million Americans have recovered. The national survival rate is 97.9 percent.

On Aug. 9, the CRIT Tribal Council reinstated the face mask mandate for indoor areas on Tribal lands, including businesses such as Walmart and Safeway. Face masks are also required in the Tribal Office complex at Mohave Road and Second Avenue.

While the State of Arizona has banned such mandates as part of the state’s budget for the current fiscal year, the Tribes are considered sovereign and are under no obligation to follow state mandates.

There has been concern among health officials about the increasing number of new cases. This is particularly so as the Delta variant is in Arizona. This variant is far more contagious than earlier variants of the virus.

“It is extremely important to continue to take the necessary precautions, to help slow down the spread,” the La Paz County Health Department said in a press release. “For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to get tested if experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. If you are not vaccinated, please protect yourself and others by wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing. Everyone should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and 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, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If you are at higher risk for severe illness, you should avoid attending congregate settings. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.”

Arizona topped 1 million cases the week ending Aug. 28.  By Sept. 7, that number had reached 1.03 million. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths had reached almost 19,000.

The recent increase in the number of new cases has led to more active cases in the state. The Worldometers website, which tracks cases worldwide, reported there are 84,562 active cases in Arizona as of Sept. 7, while 929,247 Arizonans have recovered. The recovery rate for those cases that have reached a conclusion and have been closed is 96.9 percent.

ADHS reported the number of doses of coronavirus vaccine administered in the state has topped 7.4 million. They said 56.4 percent of the state has been vaccinated. In La Paz County, 18,000 doses had been administered and 44.9 percent of the county had been vaccinated.

California leads the nation with 4.42 million cases and 66,500 deaths. Texas has 3.71 million cases and 58,813 deaths. Florida has 3.35 million cases and 46,000 deaths. New York has seen 2.38 million cases and 55,000 deaths.

As of Sept. 7, Worldometers reports the number of cases worldwide reached 222.3 million. There have been 4.6 million deaths and almost 198.9 million have recovered. The worldwide survival rate is approximately 98 percent.

After the United States, India has the most number of cases in the world at 33 million. Brazil is next at 20.9 million. These are the only nations in the world to report more than 10 million cases.


(4) comments

sam whittemore

absolute Bravo Sierra. but if its in parkerpravda, it must be true.


Yeah, a survival rate of 97% for La Paz county. But lets keep the sheeple in..... fear=CoNTROL

sam whittemore

i love covid fear p-o-r-n!


So much for,

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