The number of new coronavirus cases in La Paz County declined last week. There were 29 new cases last week as compared with 38 the week before. According to the La Paz County Health Department and the Arizona Department of Health Services, the county has seen 2,600 cases and there have been 80 coronavirus-related deaths.
This came the same week Arizona saw more than 16,000 new cases in the state, an average of more than 2,000 per day. This also came in the same week when the total number of cases in the world topped 200 million.
As of Aug. 7, Arizona had seen 943,415 cases, according to ADHS. That compares with 927,235 cases on July 31. The number of coronavirus-related deaths increased from 18,246 on July 31 to 18,376 on Aug. 7.
The number of new cases is still small compared with the surge last winter and earlier this year. However, the rising numbers are cause for concern among health officials, particularly as the Delta variant is spreading. This variant is much more contagious than earlier variants.
“It is extremely important to continue to take the necessary precautions to help slow down the spread,” the county health department said in a press release. “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.”
Of the cases in La Paz County, 884 were members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes who were tested at Indian Health Services. Tribal members have seen 18 coronavirus-related deaths.
“All residents on CRIT reservation are reminded to follow the CRIT Resolution 110-21 along with the Reservation wide face mask guidance Resolution No. 109-21, in order to protect themselves and their households,” the Tribes said on the 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 Guidance recommends all unvaccinated individuals on the CRIT reservation wear a face mask indoors when they are within a public location,” the statement continued. “Face masks remain mandatory for any persons conducting business within the CRIT Tribal Office Complex whether vaccinated or not and for any employee who is not vaccinated.”
ADHS reported 69.3 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the state. They said 53.1 percent of the state has been vaccinated. In La Paz County, 17,397 doses had been administered and 43.3 percent of the county had been vaccinated.
The Worldometers website said there were 42,745 active cases in the state, while 882,294 had recovered. The survival rate is 98 percent.
Nationwide, Worldometers said there have been 36.5 million cases and 633,000 deaths. There are 6 million active cases and 29.8 million have recovered. Of the cases that have reached a conclusion and have been closed, the survival rate is 98 percent.
This past week, the number of cases worldwide reached 203 million. There have been 4.3 million deaths and 182.3 million have recovered. The worldwide survival rate is approximately the same as the United States at 98 percent.