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First COVID-19 death reported in Yavapai County; update - 57 confirmed cases

UPDATE, 3 p.m. April 6:

Yavapai County Community Health Services has reported the county has 57 confirmed cases of coronavirus and its first death.

To date, 32,534 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19; 1,108 residents have been tested in Yavapai County, with 1,054 tests being negative (95%).

There are now 57 cases in Yavapai County; including 10 in Prescott; 10 in Prescott Valley; 10 in Sedona; 13 in other areas of the Quad Cities; six others in the Verde Valley; and one unknown, according to the afternoon news release.

These include 18 seniors 65 and older; 33 adults, 18-64; six minors (birth to 17); and they are 25 males and 32 females.

Verde Valley Medical Center is reporting no hospitalizations, with eight persons under investigation. Yavapai Regional Medical Center has reported three hospitalizations, with 11 persons under investigation on its West Campus, and three on the East Campus.

ORIGINAL POST:

Yavapai County has experienced its first confirmed COVID-19 death. The resident passed away on Saturday, April 4, and was a senior age 65-plus from the Verde Valley, according to Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS).

“My heart is with the family, friends and neighbors as they grieve this loss," YCCHS Director Leslie Horton said in a statement Monday morning. "This sadness is shared by our entire county as we work together to do what we can to keep each other safe during this difficult time.

"This is a reminder to all of us to do what we can to protect our families, friends, and communities by following the guidelines that are created to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and future tragedies like this. We all must do our part to protect those who are most vulnerable to this illness," Horton said.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, there are now 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Yavapai County, YCCHS reported.

There have been 2,456 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 65 deaths reported in Arizona.

To date, 32,534 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19.

In Yavapai County, 1,108 residents have been tested with 1,054 tests being negative (95%).

Of the 50 cases in Yavapai County, 33 residents live in the quad-city area, and 16 in the Verde Valley area, one unknown; 18 seniors 65-plus, 28 adults 18-64; four minors (0-17); 19 males, 22 females.

The press release notes that YCCHS has received more cases overnight than the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) website reports.

Verde Valley Medical Center is reporting no hospitalizations, with eight cases under investigation.

Yavapai Regional Medical Center reported 3 patients in house, with four people under investigation on West Campus, three on the East Campus.

WANT TO HELP?

"A big way people can help is by donating any surgical masks, N95 respirators, gloves, gowns and other medical supplies they have," Horton said.

To donate personal protective equipment (PPE) items to the Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center, please call 928-771-3321 or email josh.goldman@yavapai.us.

NOTES

• Yavapai Emergency Operations PPE Donations – see www.yavapai.us/chs;

• YCCHS is limiting immunization appointments except for infant or respiratory vaccines, call 928-771-3122;

• Yavapai County WIC offers all services online or by phone to existing or new clients, call 928-771-3138;

• To reach the Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank, call 928-442-5103; and

• For COVID-19 information en Español click this link or visit www.yavapai.us/chs.

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