PHOENIX — ABC15 is learning that the federal government will be sending more than two dozen nurses to a hospital in Kingman as COVID-19 cases are rising.
On Thursday, the Arizona Department of Health Services added nearly 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 to its daily data dashboard throughout the state -- the most reported in a single day in the past six months.
The Mohave County Health Department reported on Wednesday more than 200 new COVID-19 cases reported since Monday.
ABC15 has confirmed that a team with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will help support the deployment of nurses to Kingman Regional Medical Center.
Arizona's department of health responds saying they received the request from the local level, then the state works to find federal assistance.— Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) August 12, 2021
My question to AZDHS is why was there not a medical staffing contract already in place for a situation like this. pic.twitter.com/j5sX8DKQbZ
A spokesperson for the hospital said they have received verbal notification that HHS will send a team of 28 nurses for a deployment of 21 days.
It is unclear what day they will arrive.
FEDERAL ASSISTANCE: I am learning that @HHSGov plans to support a deployment of 28 nurses to Arizona.— Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) August 12, 2021
HHS will help send the two dozen nurses to Kingman Regional Medical Center for 21 days.
It is unclear what day they will arrive.. /1 pic.twitter.com/fHjiqqM6kz
ABC15 is learning that Kingman Regional Medical Center reached out to the state for assistance as they are seeing a staffing shortage due to COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
The Kingman area, as well as Mohave County, is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases.
The newest numbers in Mohave County show more than half of the new COVID cases in Bullhead City are children under 19.
Mohave County’s Health Department reports 33 new cases in children under the age of 10 since Monday alone.
Here is a breakdown from health officials of the 244 cases by location and ages (click on the arrows in the chart below to see breakdowns from each area):