The number of new coronavirus cases in Arizona continued to remain low last week, with just over 5,000 new cases in the state and three in La Paz County.
The decrease in the number of new coronavirus cases in the state led Gov. Doug Ducey to rescind the face mask mandate for state schools April 19. Under Ducey’s new order, it’s up to local districts to decide if they want to require their students and staff to wear face masks or not.
The Parker Unified School District announced they will continue face mask mandates and other coronavirus mitigation policies until the end of the 2020-21 school year. Superintendent Brad Sale said the administration and the school board would review the situation once the school year has ended and create new policies for the 2021-22 school year.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the county began the week with 2,451 cases and ended it with 2,454 for three new cases for the week. There was one additional coronavirus-related death to bring the total in the county to 80.
Of the cases in La Paz County, 851 have been members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes who were tested at Indian Health Services. A total of 17 Tribal members have died from coronavirus-related conditions.
The Tribes are reminding everyone their face mask requirements for public places on Tribal lands remains in effect. 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. Special events at the BlueWater Resort & Casino, which is the Tribe’s largest and best-known enterprise, remain cancelled until further notice.
Businesses on Tribal land include Walmart, the Moovalya Plaza Shopping Center (Safeway, et al) and the Running Man Fuels locations.
Sale noted Le Pera Elementary School is on Tribal land, and, as such, is subject to the “Safer at Home” resolution.
As of April 24, ADHS reported there had been 858,076 cases in the state, as compared with 853,050 as of April 17. That’s 5,026 new cases for the week. That’s slightly less than 1,000 more cases than the 4,029 reported in the week ending April 17.
The state had seen 17,260 coronavirus-related deaths as of April 24. There were 17,151 deaths as of April 17. That’s 109 for the week, which is 50 more than the 59 reported for the week ending April 17.
The ADHS reported 4.76 million doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered as of April 24. A total of over 2.83 million Arizonans have received at least one dose, while 2.1 million had received two doses.
La Paz County has had 14,367 doses administered, with 8,332 having received at least one shot and 6.390 having received both shots. The ADHS said 37.7 percent of all county residents have received at least one shot. To date, the county has used the two-dose Moderna vaccine.
For information on vaccination clinics around the county, go to the county health department’s website or Facebook page.
The vaccination clinics at Parker Indian Health Center, 12033 Agency Road, have been open to all area residents. First dose appointments are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while second dose appointments are from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Mondays. These are by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 928-669-3246. IHS spokesperson Tricia Chamberlain said they are using the Moderna vaccine.
The Worldometers website, which tracks cases worldwide, Arizona has 822,096 recovered cases and 18,720 active ones as of April 24. Of the cases that have reached a conclusion and have been closed, the survival rate is over 97 percent.
Worldometers reported 32.78 million cases in the United States as of April 24, while there were 32.37 million cases reported as of April 17. The United States has seen more than one-quarter of all the coronavirus cases in the world.
The have been 585,829 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States as of April 24.
California leads the nation with 3.73 million cases and 61,402 deaths. They were the first state to top 60,000 deaths. Two other states have topped 50,000 deaths, New York with 52,199 and Texas with 50,158 as of April 24. Texas, with 2.85 million case, has the second highest number of cases in the nation.
Nationwide, Worldometers reports 25.3 million Americans have recovered and 6.88 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 deaths have topped 3 million, with 3.11 million on April 24. The number of cases reported is at 147 million cases, according to Worldometers. There are 19.2 million active cases in the world. Almost 124.6 million have recovered. The survival rate is 97 percent.