Another elderly Safford resident dies from COVID-19

Death toll now at 12 for the county

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

SAFFORD – On Tuesday, the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services (GCDHHS) announced one additional death attributed to COVID-19.

The patient was a Safford resident over the age of 65. The additional death makes seven for the week and brings the county’s total to 12.  

Along with the new death, the county only announced 19 new positive tests to bring the total to 511 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 2.35 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.      

According to the state’s database, Graham County’s positive test cases include 80 who are under 20 years of age, 206 between 20-44, 59 between 45-54, 55 between 55-64, and 93 who are 65 years old or older. Those statistics do not include the new 19 positive test cases.

To date, the county has administered tests to 2,880 people with a total of 511 positives. The county lists 367 currently active cases, with 132 recovered cases, and 12 deaths. According to GCDHHS criteria, a positive test is not considered a recovered patient until they have 30 days symptom-free. Graham County has about 39,000 residents.

Greenlee County

The Greenlee County Health Department announced one additional positive test Monday to bring its current total to 57. As of Tuesday, the department has administered tests to 927 people, with 782 being negative, 57 positives, and 88 results pending. The county lists 21 active cases, 34 recovered cases, and two deaths. Greenlee County has about 10,000 residents.

The breakdown of the Greenlee cases includes three under the age of 20, 34 between 20-44, nine between 45-54, seven between 55-64, and four who are 65 years old or older.

Statewide

For the state, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 1,008 new cases Tuesday to bring the total to 180,505 for the state. It added 66 new deaths Tuesday to bring the total fatalities due to COVID-19 to 3,845 in Arizona. The state has about 7.3 million residents.

The deaths by age group for the entire state include 2,772 who were 65 years old or older, 577 who were between 55-64, 262 who were between 45-54, 222 who were between 20-44, and 12 who were less than 20 years old. The state currently lists that 83 percent of the intensive care unit (ICU) beds across the state are in use   

Reported positive cases in the various counties include Maricopa County with 121,789 Pima County – 16,809, Yuma County – 11,217, Pinal County – 8,304, Navajo County – 5,301, Apache County – 3,098, Mohave County – 3,048, Coconino County – 3,013, Santa Cruz County – 2,618, Yavapai County – 1,883, Cochise County – 1,554, Gila County – 846, Graham County – 492 (actual number is 511), La Paz County – 476, Greenlee County – 57.

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