Coronavirus

The number of new coronavirus cases in La Paz County and the State of Arizona remained low again last week, even as there were concerns over a “surge” in states like Michigan and a very big surge in the nation of India. That country saw more than 400,000 new cases on April 30. That’s more than 35 times the number of new cases they had daily at the end of January.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the county began the week with 2,454 cases and ended it with 2,461 for seven new cases for the week. There were no additional coronavirus-related deaths, so the county’s total remained steady at 80.

Of the cases in La Paz County, 853 have been members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes who were tested at Indian Health Services. No Tribal members are currently hospitalized. A total of 17 Tribal members have died from coronavirus-related conditions.

“All residents on CRIT reservation are reminded to follow the CRIT Safer at Home Resolution along with the Reservation wide face mask requirement, in order to protect themselves and their households,” read a statement on the Tribe’s Manataba Messenger Facebook page.  “Everyone is also reminded to limit contact with anyone who is not a member of your immediate household.”

“The CRIT Reservation Wide Face Mask Requirement still remains in effect, requiring all individuals, businesses and patrons on CRIT reservation to wear a face mask when in public,” the statement continued. “Face masks are mandatory for all CRIT Employees and any persons conducting business within the CRIT Tribal Office Complex.”

Businesses on Tribal land include Walmart, the Moovalya Plaza Shopping Center (Safeway, et al) and the Running Man Fuels locations.

As of May 1, ADHS reported there had been 863,571 cases in the state, as compared with 858,076 as of April 24. That’s 5,495 new cases for the week. That’s more than 1,400 more cases than the 5,029 new cases in the week ending April 24. That’s still only 10 percent of what the state was seeing in late January.

The state had seen 17,338 coronavirus-related deaths as of May 1. There were 17,260 deaths as of April 24. That’s 78 for the week, which is fewer than the 109 reported for the week ending April 24.

The ADHS reported more than 5 million doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered as of May 1. A total of over 2.9 million Arizonans have received at least one dose, while 2.3 million had received two doses. A total of 40.9 percent of Arizonans have received at least one dose.

La Paz County has had 14,961 doses administered, with 8,490 having received at least one shot and 6,878 having received both shots. The ADHS said 38.4 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 opened 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 826.514 recovered cases and 17,338 active ones as of May 1. Of the cases that have reached a conclusion and have been closed, the survival rate is over 97 percent.

The situation in India had drawn worldwide attention. With a population of 1.34 billion, India has seen their number of daily new cases climb from 11,713 on Jan. 29 to 386,452 on April 29 and 401,933 on April 30. The situation has overwhelmed the nation’s health care system, and foreign governments have sent aid. Former residents of India living in other countries are also sending what they can.

A report from Reuters said a forum of scientists in India tried to warn the government in March through the National Center for Disease Control that the local variant of the coronavirus was becoming more virulent and contagious. However, the government took no action. India had actually opened up again following a surge of cases last year. In recent weeks, millions of unmasked Indians attended religious ceremonies and political rallies as part of local elections.

Worldometers said India now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world at 19.6 million. Only the United States has more. More than 215,000 Indians have died. Only the United States, Brazil and Mexico have had more deaths.

In the United States, there are concerns over “surges” in certain states. One of these states is Michigan, which saw 9,806 new cases on April 16. That number of cases has gone down in recent weeks, with 3,553 new cases on May 1. Michigan has seen 939,000 cases and 18,883 deaths. 660,124 Michiganders have recovered. 4.28 million state residents have received one dose of the vaccine and 3.25 million have received both doses.

Worldometers reported 33.14 million cases in the United States as of May 1. The United States has seen more than one-quarter of all the coronavirus cases in the world.

The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States is approaching 600,000, with 590,704 deaths reported May 1.

California leads the nation with 3.74 million cases and 61,865 deaths. They were the first state to top 60,000 deaths. California has almost 2 million recovered cases and 1.7 million that are active.

Two other states have topped 50,000 deaths, New York with 52,526 and Texas with 50,518 as of May 1. Texas, with 2.9 million cases, has the second highest number of cases in the nation. Two other states, Florida and New York, have more than 2 million cases.

Nationwide, Worldometers reports 25.78 million Americans have recovered and 6.8 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 has topped 150 million, with Worldometers reporting 152.8 million cases as of May 1. They are also reporting 3.2 million deaths.  There are 18.8 million active cases in the world. Over 130 million have recovered. The survival rate is 97 percent.

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