The coronavirus has now taken the lives of 30 people in La Paz County, with 12 deaths this month alone. Several of those infected had no known underlying health conditions. There are 1,196 cases in the county at the time this article was written.
The La Paz County Health Department added 6 additional deaths to the tragic tally on Tuesday, as a surge in the virus infected record numbers of people countywide. Two were in the Parker service district, one in McMullen Valley, one in Quartzsite, one in Bouse and another in Ehrenberg. All but one were reported to be over the age of 65 years old.
California and Arizona are among the states with the highest numbers of infections, according to national data. The Arizona death toll has now topped 8,000 with the 2nd-largest daily rise during the pandemic. With California in crisis as hospitals and staff reach their breaking point, the state is closing in on New York’s single-day high of 18,825 daily hospitalizations, set on April 13th. Many public health authorities are seeing the current state of the pandemic as worst-case scenarios, playing out in real time.
The Health Department is asking people to play their part and stay home when they don’t feel well.
“If you are experiencing a change in how you feel and get tested, please stay home until you receive the test results,” the Department said in a press release. “Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 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. Consider wearing cloth face coverings, if it can be safely managed, in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. 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.”
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