Coronavirus

Laz Paz County finished the week of Sept. 14 – Sept. 20 with 532 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among county residents. Jenna McDaniel, spokesperson for the La Paz County Health Department, said the Arizona Department of Health Services listed them with 534, but one of these cases was a duplicate and the other lived outside the county.

This meant just seven new cases during the week. There have been 15 deaths overall.

The Colorado River Indian Tribes have had 316 cases and seven deaths, which are included in the county’s totals. They had just one new case during the week.

La Paz County is holding up well when compared with the rest of the State of Arizona. ADHS reports the state has had 214,018 cases as of Sept. 20, with 5,476 deaths.

The state’s average of cases per 100,000 residents is 2,977, while the death rate per 100,000 is 76.17. Of the 1.66 million tests conducted in the state, 10.7 percent have come back positive.

The county’s rate of cases per 100,000 is 2,422.5. The fatality rate is 67.92 per 100,000. Of the 5,692 tests conducted as of Sept. 18, 6 percent have come back positive.

ADHS also announced a change in how they classify coronavirus deaths to make them compliant with federal partners like the Centers for Disease Control.

“As our federal partners have updated guidance for identifying COVID-19 deaths, ADHS has enhanced our processes to match,” the department reported on their website. “This change may cause the number of new deaths reported on our dashboard to increase more than expected for a few days. Deaths are shown on the bar chart of the COVID-19 deaths section of the dashboard using the date of death, not the day reported. New deaths on the summary section of the dashboard are displayed by the day reported to ADHS.”

As for recovery rates, the Worldometers website, which tracks coronavirus cases around the world, said 39,311 cases had been closed in Arizona, with 33,835 recovered. This means a recovery rate of 87 percent.

Nationwide, many states that were hit earlier in the pandemic now have many more recovered than active cases. As of Sept. 20, Worldometers reports there have been just over 7 million cases. There have been 204,118 deaths and 4.25 million have recovered for a recovery rate of 95 percent. There are still 2.55 million active cases in the United States.

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