The week saw the total number of coronavirus cases in La Paz County climb to 435 by Sunday, July 19. Of these cases, 277 are members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. There have been seven deaths.

This is more than eight times the number of cases the county had at the end of May. The La Paz County Health Department attributes this increase to residents not following the guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks.

CRIT has mandated face masks in public spaces on Tribal lands, including businesses like Walmart, Safeway, CVS Pharmacy and both Running Man Fuels locations. The Town of Parker has not mandated masks, but the Town Council strongly urged people to wear them. The La Paz County Supervisors have discussed the matter, but, so far, have taken no action.

After several weeks of being above the state average for positive cases per 100,000 residents, La Paz County fell below the state average last week, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The county’s average is 1,969.7 cases, while the state average is 1,997.8.

The number of cases in the state continues to climb, with almost eight times the number of cases there were at the end of May. With 143,624 cases as of July 19, Arizona is considered one of the nation’s “hot spots” for the coronavirus. There have been 2,761 deaths. Almost 1 million Arizonans have been tested, and 12.4 percent of the tests have come back positive.

Maricopa County, which includes most of metropolitan Phoenix, has seen 95,471 cases, almost two-thirds of the cases in the state. The rate of infection is 2,185.8 per 100,000 residents. They’ve had 1,473 deaths.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control reports there have been almost 3.7 million cases and almost 140,000 deaths as of July 19. The World O Meters website, which tracks worldwide numbers, said about 1.8 million Americans have recovered. This means a recovery rate of about 92 percent. World O Meters tends to report higher numbers for the United States than the CDC.

Worldwide, World O Meters reports there have been 14.6 million cases, with over 600,000 deaths. Of the 9.3 million cases that have been closed, 8.7 million have recovered for a recovery rate of 93 percent.


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