By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – Arizona has the dubious honor of being No. 1 in the country for new daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people, according to the Harvard Global Health Institute.
Graham County has seen its numbers increase by 88 in the last nine days alone. The Graham County Department of Health and Human Services reported eight new cases Thursday night, bringing the county’s total to 180 since the start of the pandemic. There are roughly 39,000 people who live in Graham County.
Even with the flux of new positive tests, Graham County trails only Greenlee County for the lowest amount of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
As of Tuesday night, Graham County had 180 total cases, with 136 active cases, 41 recovered cases, and three deaths. At least two patients are currently hospitalized, with one listed as being in critical condition.
Greenlee County had 26 total cases as of Tuesday night, with 13 active cases, 12 recovered cases, and one death. The county reported having the results of 63 tests pending.
As a state, Arizona is showing a positive test rate of about 25 percent for all who are tested, which is the highest in the nation as well.
Greenlee County will hold a testing blitz Saturday, July 11, from 7 – 11 a.m. at the Greenlee County South Annex Building at 1684 Fairgrounds Rd. In Duncan. Organizers request those who go enter Fairgrounds Road where the ATM flag is near the old bank.