Mohave County hit an unwanted milestone on Saturday — 1,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed since the beginning of pandemic. Lake Havasu City has accounted for about a fifth of the county total as the city hit 210 positive cases Saturday.

The county health department announced 32 additional positive cases Saturday night, with 14 of them in Lake Havasu City. A majority involve people under the age of 50.

Despite elevated concern about spread of the virus, summer crowds remained strong at state parks in Lake Havasu. Both residents and out-of-state travelers could be found along the water and throughout the city.

Mohave County Health Director Denise Burley said on Friday that the recent surge is a result of community spread which means the health department doesn’t know where the person contracted the virus.

“Although it is difficult to identify the original source for an infection (except in a closed system such as a care facility), we can say that less than a quarter of this week’s cases are known to be linked to another confirmed case, indicating that many of these may have been infected by people with covid-19 who haven’t yet been identified or aren’t aware they have covid,” Burley said in an email to the News-Herald.

While many point to increased testing as cause for the case surge, Burley said there has actually been less testing in the past few weeks.

“Mohave County is experiencing a record number of new covid-19 cases,” she said Friday. “In the past two weeks, the county has seen a 57 percent increase in the number of cases and a 28 percent increase in deaths.

Therefore, we must continue following public health guidelines in order to reduce the impact of the virus and protect ourselves, our family, and our community.”

Bullhead City, like Havasu, is experiencing the community spread dynamic, Burley said. Bullhead City has posted double-digit cases every day since June 18.

Mohave County’s total case count is now 1,001, with 80 deaths. According to the county’s website, 340 of those cases are now considered to be recovered.

Lake Havasu City has had a total of 210 cases and 12 deaths. Bullhead City has had 461 cases, and 25 deaths. Kingman has had 301 cases and 43 deaths.

Meanwhile, La Paz County on Saturday reported its fifth death from the virus. The victim was married to a staff member at the La Paz County Health Department, according to officials, and was over the age of 65. He did not have underlying health conditions and was hospitalized outside of the county.

Six additional cases were also reported Saturday, bringing La Paz County’s total to 314.

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civilcop

Trump haters continue to suffer from the loss in 2016. Those who continually call our president names are ignorant fools who love to hear each other cry over the left wing losers who want a socialist country, no thanks. Havasu has 55,000 permanent residence 65% of those are retired like me. There have been 200+ cases, and 14 deaths in our city. We have very little real information on age, condition of the person but you socialist haters blame everything on the president. China created Covid-19, not the president, but Trump did stop flights from China and the left called him a racist. 55 thousand resident, thousands of California residents (many who own homes here like I did before I retired) here like my great neighbors and 14 deaths. I am not making light of the deaths but as a retired professor I don’t have enough data (age, health of victims) to make an intelligent analysis or form a conclusion. Had we done nothing at all would the numbers have been any different? You haters will probably call all kinds of name, so be it. You folks who want to close our lake, and stop folks from coming to our great city should move to New York wher the virus has killed thousands because the Democratic governor placed Covid-19 patients in old folks home killing who knows how many elders. I am a proud American who loves our country and I am not a hater like so many who post, oh and yes a Trump supporter who love seeing Trump flags waving in our community. God Bless America and the President of the United States.

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[thumbup] Sheehey, Ducey, trump and his circus in Washington should all resign!

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RESIST

trump continues to destroy the very foundation of the United States of America while Republicans hide their complicity! They will pay dearly November 3, 2020! 130,000 dead Americans and trump and pence pat each other on the back for their "good job"!!!

“Your”welcome

“California” mandatory masks the past 2 months! Mandatory stay at home order the past 2 months! 5600 new cases over night!

HavasuGuy

California mandated masks in public 9 days ago on June 19th, 2020

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BigBob

HG, there you go again posting facts! You know the C/F's hate facts because they make them look like fools.

Independent Minded

Once the surge slows our leaders LOL will stay that their suggestions worked. The fact is that by not mandating behavior the virus was given a real head start. Trump gave the virus a few months head start at the beginning and keeps doing so. We keep hearing from Ducey and Sheehy they are counting on people to do the wight thing. A trip to the store proves that hasn’t and will never work. If our officials had said we can start to reopen with certain restrictions like masks required, not just suggested, we would be way ahead of this. I remember the accusation against our previous leaders that they are “leading from behind”. Our present leaders are leading with their behind.

RESIST

Totally agree! trump has not just mismanaged the Pandemic, he has ignored the Pandemic! He is no more a leader than a fire hydrant! Ducey and Sheehey just follow orders without a thought of their own! Shame on all of them!

pegymo

Shame on you for dividing the country! You just hate Trump, and that's ok, don't cast shame, when your party is out there literally burning the country down, and destroying cities. There is enough blame to go around.

Independent Minded

Once the surge slows our leaders LOL will stay that their suggestions worked. The fact is that by not mandating behavior the virus was given a real head start. Trump gave the virus a few months head start at the beginning and keeps doing so. We keep hearing from Ducey and Sheehy they are counting on people to do the wight thing. A trip to the store proves that hasn’t and will never work. If our officials had said we can start to reopen with certain restrictions like masks required, not just suggested, we would be way ahead of this. I remember the accusation against our previous leaders that they are “leading from behind”. Our present leaders are leading with their behinds.

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pegymo

Oh brother.....there are no words, and a million places to start.

Republican, female, Trumpster. No excuse, no doubt, no apprehension. See ya in November.

Escapee

Social awareness is the lesson to be learned here. Protecting others as you would want others to protect you. Taking care of others as you would want to be taken of. Putting the health of others before your perceived 'freedom.' Newsflash: Freedom of speech isn't unique to the United States.

Anyway, this is an exercise in social responsibility. And, as I see it, Arizona is lit up with Covid and y'all are failing the social test. I blame Duecy and and his love affair with 'nothing to see here' Donald Trump. I live in a state that has a population just over Arizona's population but the population is more dance than AZ. We've managed to keep COVID under control because our Governor, Hogan, has a brain. I'm not Hogan's biggest fan, but he didn't handle Covid in a partisan manner. I can appreciate and respect that. Duecy seemed to give in when Trump came to visit.

Also, have you looked at the 2016 electoral map and the states now with a Covid problem? Spoiler alert: Only two blue states and a whole lot of red states.

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Ninetoes

"Mohave County’s total case count is now 1,001, with 80 deaths." Havasu needs to step up to the plate! First,close the lake,thus slowing down the influx of visitors from Cali and elsewhere. Mandatory masks all stores/restaurants. Harsh measures need to be taken if this town is going to survive what is happening. Also,each of us need to lead by example,wear your mask,wash your hands,keep your distance from each other..Stay safe!

pegymo

Thinking this subject got hijacked. Just saying. The only political issue, is the very inexperienced may not having the huevos to stand up and take city precautions. My blame is straight at China. What happened when it hit here was confusion, bad information, and lack of knowledge. Well, the confusion continues, but there is more information out there now. I'm going to listen to the boots on the ground, nurses, Doctors and first responders in Mohave County, and beyond. The cases ARE spiking, and each individual is responsible for themselves, with the clear information that they have , that impacts them. I won't blast you for not wearing a mask, if you won't blast me for wearing one. You can go out, party, go to bars, I won't say a word, just don't blast me and mine for being a bit more careful. This thing isn't even close to being over, and more and more people will test positive. It's a choice, do I want it not. Will it kill me or not? Am I willing to live with death, or not? Ask yourself a bunch of questions, and stop worrying about everybody else, they have to ask themselves those questions on their own. Just would have nice to see our Mayor and County officials engage.

RESIST

China???? Since when does China have the responsibility for assuring the people of the United States are protected?? China? Did China take the Oath, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States? No ! That would be the moron squatting in the White House! It is all on the incompetent, ignorant, greedy trump!

pegymo

There are no words for your thinking process.....

Be Real

I bet you are not a person of color, I bet you have never had to soley prove your worth over what you look, I bet you are not directly involved in taking care of the droves of patients that have been infected with COVID-19, and worse you just talk about being a good person and treating your "neighbor"with dignity but through in some god aweful reference to Trump?! Well I am a person of color, I am a healthcare professional that takes care of those people who think they are being "clean" and go out without masks and I see the affect first hand, and I do have to validate my worth everyday, not to society but to myself as a "responsible" person in society. Then making a statement about a Trump?! A person that is the worst person to lead us through a simple arithmetic problem more less a national crisis. To truly be a "good" "clean" person all bureaucratic agendas have to be abandoned and truly do what is right for mankind as a whole not just the narrow population that supports anyone that looks to divide our country. If anyone truly wants to help they need to ask themselves what would God do not what political propaganda my government party deems as "fake news!"

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Be Real

I have no idea what or who "BB" is..... I am a new professional to the area that sees a lot of work that needs to be done as far as tolerance and love for the fellow man. In a short time here I have seen plenty of intolerant people that is really disheartening. Supporters for the POTUS are completely blinded right now. It is not communist it is about doing the "right" thing! Any town that fights for the confederate flag needs some sensitivity training. Anyone quick to call someone a "communist" is uneducated and probably needs to crack a book every now and then. I do respect my neighbor, even those with opposing ideologies, a communist doesnt attack and listens to the greater good. A communist is one that laughs at the the thought of racism, and progressiveness, and does not see the views of others different than themselves.....AKA POTUS

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janaplum

"I am a new professional" so this makes your input valuable!

HavasuGuy

janaplum - They said they were a new professional to the area...

janaplum

HOW ABOUT JUST SAYING NEW TO THE AREA

janaplum

What does new professional to the area mean verse just saying new to the area? Professional what?

Escapee

Obviously, this person isn't a professional writer.

“If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.” Or, as it's been commonly broken to:

"If one death is a tragedy, a thousand is a statistic"

Or, as we've heard recently:

"There are thousands of people dying, but one is too many."

The first two quotes are from Stalin, the last one is from Trump. Communism is against nationalism as it goes against it's socialist ideologies. The problem with the label 'Communism' is that it's associated with authoritarianism because all communistic societies have been perverted by leaders who became power-hungry.

Democratic-socialist is what we are slowly becoming, even with the efforts of Trump & Co. We've been heading this road for many decades. Wait - Democratic as in the style of government, to the party. Even the Libertarians now are egalitarian as compared to decades past. I think that there is a slow realization that we're all in this together, and that when we all do better, we all do better.

Yes, there are some old hold-outs and right now they are desperately grabbing on to every/anything that they can to stay relevant. Unfortunately for them, it's pushing everything the other way.

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Be Real

That is all I am saying.... most people place themselves in a bubble UNTIL that bubble is invaded. The world problems are very real and given mankinds history, nothing will ever get better by saying not me! My point is lets focus on doing our part to help not propagate the barriers. Thanks Havasuguy for being a rational person who listens.

HavasuGuy

You're welcome Be Real, heck we may have had a beer together already at my good friend Bobby's house... Stay safe.

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BigBob

HG, well said and to be honest I feel bad that one of the usual suspects accused this new commentor of being me. But they are all dumber than a box of Palin's so what else can you expect?

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what would Joe or Hilary do ?

HavasuGuy

Do? They would have already done.

Escapee

Neither Joe or Hillary are president, so we can move on from this question to "What is Trump going to do?"

RESIST

They wouldn't have lied to the American people, or made up rainbow and unicorn fairytales how Covid 19, was miraculously going to disappear! The plan for a Pandemic was already in place for when this happened but the "genius" pretending to be a leader, did away with it, tossed it out as unnecessary! His ego won over his jealously of President Obama! Now, two and a half million people in the USA, probably more, are infected and 130,000 Americans are dead! But, but, her emails...……...….....!

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“Your”welcome

HG! Here you go with name calling again. Shame on you. “Be real” why would this guy talk about his color like it should matter? I’m promoting good hygiene to be courteous. Lol! Y’all are special! Stay safe!

“Your”welcome

I’ll use California as an example! They have over 5600 new cases , they literally just came off a mandatory stay at home order for what over 2 months! California also makes it mandatory to wear a mask yet here they are. The whole sharing you’re ethnic background was great! I wonder if Obama played a race card when he was our president.

“Your”welcome

“Listen” we all need to relax! Practice safe habits. Stay safe , be clean. This isn’t going anywhere. It’s life, we as a country need to learn to deal with it! Crime! Stealing , bullying, not caring about you’re neighbor! That’s something we can control. The government can’t help us Americans with that! Stop pointing fingers, know one made you do anything! Make America Great Again! Simply care! Want jobs , want to be better! You can do it, We The People can do it! This country is based on it’s history , for the people who don’t like it why are you here? Why did you’re ancestors want you to be here? We all matter! We all can do better! Stop this madness and be a better you!

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