coronavirus

People in La Paz County aged 75 and older can start getting the coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine next week. The La Paz County Health Department will be holding a clinic from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the QIA Building, 235 E. Ironwood in Quartzsite and a second clinic from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Parker High School Alumni Hall, 1600 S. Kofa Avenue in Parker.

Vaccinations are by appointment only. Appointment lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, Jan. 21 and Friday, Jan. 22. For Quartzsite, call 928-503-5763. For Parker, call 928-502-0773. Please do not call the health department for an appointment.

(Note: on Thursday morning, the Health Department reported they are having trouble with their cell network. If those seeking appointment can't get through on one of the appointment numbers, they can call the Health Department at 928-669-1100).

These vaccinations are part of the Phase1B priority for vaccinations as set by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

People who come for their vaccines are asked to wear a mask and to bring a photo ID and an insurance card. Insurance is not required to receive the vaccine.

The Health Department stated they will not call and ask for any personal information, such as insurance or payment information, social security numbers, or driver’s license numbers.

For these clinics, the Health Department has only 500 doses per clinic. Please check their website and their Facebook page for information on when and where additional clinics will be held.

On Jan. 21, the La Paz County had 2,087 confirmed cases, which means better than 1-in-11 county residents has had or has the virus. There have been 50 coronavirus-related deaths.

The county hit its 1,000th case Dec. 9. More than 1,000 new cases, or more than half the number of cases in the county, have been added in the since then. More than half the deaths (29) have occurred during the same period.

Statewide, Arizona is approaching 700,000 cases. As of Jan. 21, there have 699,942 cases in the state and 11,772 deaths.

Arizona remains one of the hot spots for the virus. For the week ending Jan. 16, the state had seen 121.6 new cases per 100,000 in the population. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University quoted by ABC-15 TV in Phoenix, this was the highest rate of new cases in any jurisdiction in the world. The State of California was second at 109.5 cases per 100,000.

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