Coronavirus

Arizona’s downward trend in new coronavirus cases continues. There were fewer than 5,000 new coronavirus cases in the state in the week that ended April 3. This marks the sixth week in a row that new cases have been under 10,000.

This came the same week the La Paz County Health Department announced two new “first dose” vaccination clinics. One will be April 7 for the Salome-Wenden area, while the other will April 8 in Quartzsite.

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced this past week more fans will be allowed to attend the 2021 season home opener April 9 against the Cincinnati Reds than had been originally announced.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports almost 3.56 million doses of the vaccine have been administered as of April 3. That’s an increase of 400,000 from the week before.

As of April 3, ADHS reported there were 843,838 cases in the state, as compared with 839,334 as of March 27. That’s 4,504 news cases 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 16,977 coronavirus-related deaths as of April 3. There were 16,912 coronavirus-related deaths as of March 27. That’s 65 for the week.

There were 2,448 cases reported in La Paz County as of April 3 or 6 new cases for the week. The number of coronavirus-related deaths is at 77.

Of the cases in La Paz County, 851 have been members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes who were tested at Indian Health Services. That’s one new case for the week. 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. 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 3.56 million doses of the vaccine have been administered statewide as of April 3. A total of over 2.23 million Arizonans have received at least one dose, while 1.42 million had received both doses.

La Paz County has had 11,554 doses administered, with 7,415 having received at least one shot and 4,310 having received both shots. For those who received their first shot in another location and are looking to receive their second shot, the County Health Department is saying they currently have only the Moderna vaccine and do not have the Pfizer vaccine.

The county has two first shot vaccination clinics set for this week. The first will start at 12:30 p.m. at the Centennial Community Center in Centennial Park between Salome and Wenden. The second will start at 1 p.m. at the Quartzsite Community Center on Chandler Street next to Town Park. These are by appointment only, and are open to anyone over the age of 18. Everyone is asked to wear a mask and bring photo ID and an insurance card. Insurance is not required to be vaccinated.

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

The Arizona Diamondbacks had initially announced 12,000 fans would be allowed to attend their home opener April 9 and each of the games of their first home stand. However, with Gov. Doug Ducey rolling back many of the coronavirus regulations last week, the D-Backs have announced 20,000 fans will be allowed to attend these games. Chase Field would be at 42 percent capacity.

D-Backs’ President Derek Hall said face masks will still be required when fans aren’t eating or drinking, and social distancing protocols will still be in place. He said that requirements are still in place so they can provide a safe and healthy environment for their fans.

The Worldometers website, which tracks cases worldwide, said Arizona has 808,130 recovered cases and 18,717 active ones as of April 3. Of the cases that have reached a conclusion and have been closed, the survival rate is 97 percent.

The only states Worldometers reports as having more active cases that recovered ones are Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Washington, Rhode Island and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Hawaii and Maine do not show any numbers on recovered and active cases.

Worldometers reported 31.4 million cases in the United States as of April 3, while there were 30.9 million cases reported as of March 27. The United States has seen more than one-quarter of all the coronavirus cases in the world.

The have been 568,513 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States as of April 3.

California leads the nation with 3.67 million cases and almost 60,000 deaths. They were the first state to have over 50,000 deaths. Texas has seen 2.8 million cases and almost 49,000 deaths.

Nationwide, Worldometers reports 23.9 million Americans have recovered and 6.9 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 topped 130 million at 131.3 million cases, according to Worldometers. There have been 2.86 million deaths and over 105.7 million have recovered. The survival rate is 97 percent.

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