La Paz County saw just two new case of the coronavirus in the week that ended April 17. This came in the same week that many Town of Parker facilities reopened for public visits. The number of new cases in the state for the week remained well below 10,000, with 4,029 new cases.

The Town of Parker lifted most of the coronavirus restrictions April 6 when the town council rescinded the emergency declared in March 2020. The Parker Public Library reopened for visits by patrons the next day, while the Parker Community/Senior Center reopened for meals inside the center on April 12. Even with these facilities reopening, precautions like face masks and social distancing were encouraged.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the county began the week with 2,449 cases and ended it with 2,451 for just two new cases for the week. There was one additional coronavirus-related death to bring the total in the county to 79.

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.

As of April 17, ADHS reported there had been 853,050 cases in the state, as compared with 849,021 as of April 10. That’s 4,029 new cases for the week. The number of new cases each week has remained below 10,000 since late February.

The state had seen 17,151 coronavirus-related deaths as of April 17. There were 17,092 deaths as of April 10. That’s 59 for the week.

The ADHS reported the total number of vaccine doses administered topped 4.5 million last week. A total of over 2.67 million Arizonans have received at least one dose, while 1.84 million had received two doses.

La Paz County has had 13,599 doses administered, with 8,149 having received at least one shot and 5,796 having received both shots. To date, the county has used the two-dose Moderna vaccine.

The county health department has a clinic set for April 21 for one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration have recommended a “pause” in the use of the vaccine due to reports of rare but serious blood clots. The ADHS and the La Paz County Health Department have also declared a pause in administering the vaccine. County Health Director Marion Shontz said the April 21 clinic has been put “on hold” until they have direction from the state as to what they should do.

For information on this and other vaccination clinics, go to the county health department’s website or Facebook page.

CRIT members looking to be vaccinated can get it at Parker Indian Health Center, 12033 Agency Road. 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.

The Worldometers website, which tracks cases worldwide, Arizona has 818,614 recovered cases and 17,285 active ones as of April 17. Of the cases that have reached a conclusion and have been closed, the survival rate is over 95 percent.

Worldometers reported 32.37 million cases in the United States as of April 17, while there were 31.85 million cases reported as of April 10. The United States has seen more than one-quarter of all the coronavirus cases in the world.

The have been 580,756 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States as of April 17.

California leads the nation with 3.71 million cases and 60,988 deaths. They are the first state to top 60,000 deaths. New York has become the second state to top 50,000 deaths with 51,818 as of April 17. Texas, with 2.85 million cases, many soon top 50,000 deaths as their total on April 17 was 49,785.

Nationwide, Worldometers reports 24.9 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 3,023,911 on April 17.  The number of cases reported is at 141.3 million cases, according to Worldometers. Almost 120 million have recovered. The survival rate is 97 percent.


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