Another elderly death from COVID-19 in Safford

Graham County now lists 14 deaths due to COVID-19

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

SAFFORD – On Friday evening, the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services announced an additional new death for Graham County attributed to COVID-19. The victim was another Safford resident over the age of 65. The additional death makes nine in just over a week and brings the county’s total to 14.  

Along with the new death, the county announced 10 new positive tests to bring the total to 539 cases, according to the GCDHHS.

With the additional positive test numbers and new death, the county’s death rate of those known to be infected raised to 2.59 percent. However, a number of people who get infected show little to no symptoms and do not end up getting tested, so the death rate is likely lower than the one that can be calculated.

To date, Graham County has administered tests to 2,995 people with 539 positives. The county lists 357 active cases, 168 recovered cases, and 14 deaths. According to GCDHHS criteria, a case is not considered recovered until the patient displays no symptoms for 30 days.       

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