KINGMAN — More than two months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors authorized restructuring some of the reporting elements involved in informing the public of disease tracking.

The board voted to add a number of age brackets, replacing the current five age categories with nine categories. The county also began listing “recoveries” as a charted category. Denise Burley, director of the Mohave County Department of Public Health, said that at least 73 people have recovered following a positive test for COVID-19. Previously, the county did not provide a tally for recoveries. The Arizona Department of Health Services does not track recoveries, so many county agencies didn’t, either, because there was no state health agency requesting that information.

Burley said that if a person considered recovered subsequently tests positive again, it likely would be treated as a new case.

Mohave County announced six new cases on Monday, bringing the county’s total to 255. There have been 27 deaths attributed to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

One case was reported in Bullhead City, involving a person in the 55-64 age group. That patient is in isolation, recovering at home; the case has been linked to a previously confirmed case. There have been 20 cases in Bullhead City with one death.

Two new cases were reported in the Kingman service area, which now has had 175 confirmed cases and 22 deaths. Both are in isolation, recovering at home, and each was linked to a previous case. One is a person in the 55-64 age group and the other is 65 or older.

Two cases in Lake Havasu City are described as both being 65 or older; one is hospitalized and the other is recovering at home. A trace investigation is ongoing for both cases. There have been 52 confirmed cases in Lake Havasu City with four deaths.

One new case in North County is described as being in the 20-44 age group. An investigation is pending.

Sup. Buster Johnson asked what citizens or employees should do if they know that restaurants and other businesses are not complying with national and state health directives issued for the pandemic. He said his office is getting many calls complaining of non-compliance.

Deputy County Attorney Ryan Esplin said concerned citizens and employees can call law enforcement officials or their local elected leaders if they wish. He said litigation is another available remedy.

Esplin said the marketplace will sort some of this out. He said businesses and employers may gravitate toward compliance when they learn customers are going elsewhere given their concerns about health and safety environments and practice.

Esplin said some employees may seek workman’s compensation, if eligible, when they believe they’ve suffered because of alleged compliance failures by their employers. And he said some who suffer non-compliance health-related job loss or other injury could, in some instances, be eligible to receive aid under various federal relief compensation packages filtering through lower levels of government.

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Michael 777

And STILL the State and County officials REFUSE to tell us exactly where the hotspots of Covid-19 are located.. They know EXACTLY what stores and workplaces have the most outbreaks through contact tracing. The public has a right to know.

DETOUR > US 66

Seriously? The county has less than 300 cases flu, err CoronaVirus and you "need" nine different age groups? Why? First of all the total number of cases is totally inaccurate for one major reason. You have no way of counting the likely hundreds of cases that were either complete asympomatic and cured since March as well as those that had very slight symptoms and chose to not get tested or were told not to get tested and recovered at home with not even a doctor visit. The important numbers are hospitaliztions and fatalities that are "not" in nursing/assisted care homes where. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this sort of "reporting" accomplishes only one thing.........more fear in those folks that don't pay attention to anything other than the "daily counts" and what their (typically) liberal politicians keep selling "stay scared and stay home".

DETOUR > US 66

First of all 300 cases in an entire county in three months indicates there aren't any hotspots in your "world", so relax. And with all due respect sir, have you heard of HIPPA laws? It is none of your business who has the flu or any other disease and certainly not where they live or work. But if you are still in fear of the disease finding you, please just stay home. Problem solved.

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