Briefs | Arizona experiences 702 new COVID-19 instances, one other 40 deaths | Kingman Every day Miner
PHOENIX – Arizona health officials have confirmed 702 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 40 deaths.
The latest figures released by the state on Tuesday bring the total number of cases and deaths since the pandemic started to 855,155 and 17,193, respectively.
According to the Arizona Department of Health, 562 people were hospitalized for nearly 500 months on Monday for suspected or confirmed virus cases. The state’s seven-day moving average for daily new cases rose slightly from 575.6 on Saturday to 602.4 on Monday.
The number of infections is believed to be far higher than advertised as many people have not been tested. Studies have shown that people can become infected with the virus without feeling sick.
The state dashboard also shows that more than 4.5 million vaccine doses have been administered.
Over 2.7 million Arizona residents – or 38.3% of the state’s population – have received at least one shot, and over 1.9 million people are fully vaccinated.
Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order on Monday banning state and local authorities from requiring people to wear “vaccination records”. The Republican governor said the idea violated residents’ ability to keep medical information private.
Since then, more migrants have died in remote, hostile regions
PHOENIX – Migrants migrating across the border areas of Arizona have died more frequently in the past two decades since increased enforcement began directing them to remote, hostile desert and mountain regions. A comprehensive new analysis was completed on Monday.
The report from the University of Arizona Binational Migration Institute provides a multidisciplinary overview of research into the death of migrant deaths at the Arizona border over 30 years. It draws on the expertise of anthropologists, geographers, other specialists, and Pima County’s chief medical officer Greg Hess, whose office is tracking the restores nationwide.
Daniel Martinez, co-director of the institute, said migrants “are dying in one of the most treacherous and harsh areas in southern Arizona.”
Authorities recovered the remains of 209 suspected migrants in the Arizona border region in 2020. This is the second highest annual number ever recorded.
The remains of at least 3,356 frontier workers were found in the Arizona border region between 1990 and 2020. They were overwhelmingly male, between the ages of 20 and 49, and from Mexico, although the proportion of Central Americans among the dead has increased. Most died from exposure or from undetermined causes. Almost two-thirds were eventually identified.
“This report is important because similar data is not available across the border,” said Robin Reineke, a research fellow at the university’s Southwest Center.
Plane wreck found in Arizona; 2 Californians on board dead
WILLIAMS – A small plane wreck was found Monday in northern Arizona and the two California occupants were confirmed dead, authorities said.
Coconino County Sheriff officials said MPs received a report on an overdue plane from Vista, California on Sunday evening.
The plane took off from Sedona Airport and was scheduled to land at the Grand Canyon Airport in the Tusayan region at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Sheriff’s officials said an Arizona Department of Public Safety air rescue helicopter from Kingman found the wreck Monday morning in a wooded area near Williams Airport, and both occupants had been confirmed dead.
Authorities identified the two as Timothy Michael Gill, 37, and Joylani Roseann Kamalu, 38, both from Vista.
It was unclear who was flying the plane.
Sheriff’s officers said they were investigating the cause of the crash with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Tempe Police: Man arrested in a fatal knife stab on a friend
TEMPE – A man was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in the clubhouse of a Tempe apartment complex, police said Monday.
They said 23-year-old Mason Nez was jailed on suspicion of first degree murder.
It was unclear Monday whether Nez still had an attorney to speak on his behalf on the case.
Police said Nez was found covered in blood early Sunday morning and was holding the victim, who was identified as 23-year-old Tammy Begay.
Nez, Begay and another couple were hanging out in the clubhouse of their apartment complex on Saturday night when, according to witnesses, Nez attacked his girlfriend with a penknife, allegedly for an unknown reason. The other couple ran out of the clubhouse and immediately called the police.
Court records show that the incident was captured with a surveillance camera. Police said Begay was taken to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
During an interview with detectives, court records showed that Nez told police he couldn’t remember how much alcohol he drank that night and that he had no memory of what happened in the clubhouse.
The agency reports the Navajo Nation’s first hantavirus case in 2021
WINDOW ROCK – Health officials reported Tuesday the Navajo Nation’s first case of this year with hantavirus lung syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease transmitted through infected rodent feces.
The case has been confirmed in McKinley County, northwest New Mexico, but it was not known how the person contracted hantavirus, the Tribal Department of Health said.
Hantavirus is usually reported in the spring and summer, often due to exposures that occur when people are near mouse droppings in homes, sheds, or poorly ventilated areas.
Recommended precautions to limit the spread of hantavirus include ventilation and cleaning areas where mouse feces may be found, according to a departmental statement.
“It is important to take reasonable precautions when entering and cleaning sheds, garages, RVs, cottages, barns, and other buildings,” the statement said. “The disease is not transmitted from person to person.
The Navajo Nation reservation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.