The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county continues to grow and has now reached 23 as of May 6. That’s twice as many cases as had been reported in the weeks before. A total of 12 new cases were reported from Tuesday, April 28 through Wednesday, April 29. Two more were reported May 1, including the first from Parker Indian Health Center.
Two new cases were reported May 5. Like many of those before them, they are from the McMullen Valley area but are in the Quartzsite Fire District. They had direct workplace contact with previous cases. One is in the 20-44 age group, while the other is in the 45-60 age group.
The County Health Department is reporting that 18 of the 23 cases are no longer active. Of those, 16 have recovered and two have died. That’s a survival rate of 89 percent for those cases that have been closed. These figures only reflect those individuals who have been tested and confirmed to have the virus.
The Health Department is also reporting an error in previous reports of where these cases occurred.
The error was that 14 cases were in the McMullen Valley Service Area in eastern La Paz County. Health Department spokesperson Jenna McDaniel said they were actually in the Quartzsite Service Area, the area served by the Quartzsite Fire Department. This includes a large area of central La Paz County beyond the boundaries of the Town of Quartzsite itself.
The Quartzsite Service District extends east to the areas of Vicksburg and Hope, which are actually closer to Salome and Wenden than they are to Quartzsite. McDaniel said the locations of the workplace-related cases have not changed. However, the department was informed by the Quartzsite Fire District that these locations are actually in their district and not McMullen Valley’s
The Health Department said additional tests are pending.
No information has been released on the individual from Indian Health Services in Parker. The Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Department of Health and Social Services said he was a resident of the CRIT reservation.
The process of interviewing close contacts of the individuals will continue, as well as recommending each person monitor for symptoms and quarantine themselves for 14 days, based on risk exposure.
The new cases in La Paz County came during the week when the total cases in the United States topped 1 million.
The CDC recommends the following guidelines to businesses and employers:
- Employees who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home. Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps.
- Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
- Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.
For general questions please call the COVID-19 hotline at 844-542-8201 or dial 211 and visit the ADHS coronavirus website at www.azdhs.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/COVID19 . For more information on La Paz County, please visit the La Paz County Health Department website at https://www.lpchd.com/ and the Facebook page @LaPazCounty.HealthDepartment