The La Paz County Health Department is reporting an increase in the number of new coronavirus cases in the county. They describe this increase as “abnormal.” In a press release dated June 30, they stated the county had seen one to three new cases per week in the last few months. However, they had 10 new cases in the last week.
The new cases include four California residents who tested at La Paz Regional Hospital, three individuals in the Parker service district, and three in the McMullen Valley service district.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, this brings the total number of cases in La Paz County to 2,495. There have been 78 coronavirus-related deaths. Of the cases in the county, 861 were members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes who tested positive at Indian Health Services. There have been 18 coronavirus-related deaths among Tribal members.
A total of 16,919 doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the county.
“It is extremely important to continue to take the necessary precautions, in order to help slow down the spread,” the county health department said in a press release. “Walk-in vaccination clinics are offered every Wednesday at the La Paz County Health Department and the first Wednesday of the month at Ehrenberg, Quartzsite and Salome Fire Departments. (For now,) fully vaccinated people should (continue to) get tested if experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. If you are not vaccinated, please protect yourself and others by wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing. Everyone should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If you are at higher risk for severe illness, you should avoid attending congregate settings. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.”
Even with the increase, the number of new cases is still much smaller than they were late in 2020 and earlier this year. The county recorded its 1,000th on Dec. 9, 2020 and its 2,000th case on Jan. 17, 2021. That’s 1,000 new cases in a period of less than six weeks.
Statewide, ADHS reports there have been 895,347 cases and 17,939 deaths as of July 1. A total of 6.4 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered. ADHS estimates that 49.5 percent of the population of the state has been vaccinated.
Nationwide, the Worldometers website, which tracks cases worldwide, said there have been 34.5 million cases and 620,000 deaths as of July 1. There are 4.9 million active cases and 29 million Americans have recovered for a survival rate of 98 percent. California has the most number of cases at 3.8 million while Texas has had just under 3 million cases. Other states with more than 1 million cases include Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Michigan.
Worldwide, there have been 183 million cases and 3.96 million deaths. The United States has seen the most number of cases. India is second with 30.4 million and Brazil is third with 18.5 million.