COVID-19 numbers surging in Graham and Greenlee counties

Graham County lists 1,083 total; Greenlee jumps by 12 new cases

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – COVID-19 cases are surging in Graham and Greenlee counties.

Cases continue to rise by daily double digits in Graham County, and Greenlee County just reported its third significant jump for that county in about three months.  

On Thursday, the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services reported 20 new positive results for COVID-19 out of 50 tests. The new results lifted Graham County’s total to 1,083 for the course of the pandemic.

As of Thursday, the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services reports 1,083 total confirmed cases, with 770 recovered and 286 actives. 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.

A total of 27 people, mostly all over the age of 65 and who had pre-existing health conditions, have died with COVID-19 in Graham County. 

According to the state’s database, Graham County’s positive test cases include 237 who are under 20 years of age, 464 between 20-44, 123 between 45-54, 101 between 55-64, 157 who are 65 years old or older, and one unknown.

Greenlee County

The Greenlee County Health Department reported an increase of 12 new positive tests on Wednesday night, raising its total to 94.

As of Wednesday, the health department has administered tests to 1,496 people, with 1,402 being negative, and 94 positives. The county has 32 active cases, 60 recovered cases, and two deaths. Greenlee County has about 10,000 residents.

The breakdown of the Greenlee cases currently listed on the ADHS’ data dashboard only includes 84 of the cases: five under the age of 20, 44 between 20-44, 20 between 45-54, 11 between 55-64, and four who are 65 years old or older. Greenlee County currently has a total positivity rate of 4.6 percent and is in the green, minimal transmission status for both school and business metrics.

San Carlos Apache Tribe

The San Carlos Apache Tribe stretches into both Graham and Gila counties and its cases add to the respective counties’ cases based on the geography of where the patients reside.

On Wednesday, the San Carlos Apache Tribe Department of Health & Human Services reported 28 new cases. To date, the Tribe has administered tests to 10,151 people with 8,485 negatives, 1,528 positives, and 138 results pending.

The Tribe lists 234 currently active cases, with 1,277 recovered cases, and 17 deaths.

The area breakdown on the reservation includes Gilson Wash – 268 positive, 197 recovered, 66 active, five deaths; Peridot – 526 positive, 418 recovered, 99 active, nine deaths; 7-Mile – 316 positive, 276 recovered, 38 active, two deaths; Bylas – 331 positive, 305 recovered, 25 active, one death; other areas – 87 positive, 81 recovered, six active.   


For the state, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 994 new cases Thursday to bring the total to 234,906 for the state. It reported just five new deaths to bring the total fatalities due, at least in part, to COVID-19 to and amended 5,859 in Arizona. The state has about 7.3 million residents and nearly two million tests have been taken.  

Reported positive cases in the various counties include Maricopa County with 152,101, Pima County – 27,208, Yuma County – 13,359, Pinal County – 11,583, Navajo County – 6,218, Coconino County – 4,888, Mohave County – 4,234, Apache County – 3,825, Santa Cruz County – 2,967, Yavapai County – 2,841, Cochise County – 2,093, Gila County – 1,812, Graham County – 1,083, La Paz County – 610, Greenlee County – 84 (county lists it at 94).