Despite vastly lower infection rates, COVID-19 deaths still occurring in Graham County

File Photo By Jacqueline Marshall/Wyoming National Guard: In this January photo, a Wyoming National Guard sergeant draws a dose of the Moderna vaccine for a shot.

County lists 5,166 recovered cases out of 5,370 total for the pandemic

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – According to the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services, Graham County currently only has 127 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 out of approximately 38,000 residents.

However, the health department also listed two new positive tests over the time span of the last four days, and one new death attributed to COVID-19. The victim was a Safford resident over the age of 65. Out of the new positive results, one was from the Pima zipcode and one was from the Thatcher zipcode.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, about 19.3 percent of Graham County residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19, which equates to about 11,968 vaccine doses administered.

There was a slight uptick from the week of March 14 when the county listed only 29 cases per 100,000 people for a percent positivity of 1 percent, to 36 cases per 100,000 for the week o9f March 21 and a 2.7 percent positivity rate. Still, March saw fewer new cases than any other time this year.

As of Monday, Graham County lists just 127 active cases, with 5,370 total confirmed cases for the pandemic, 5,166 recovered cases, and 77 deaths.

Click here to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or call the health department at 928-428-0110. The vaccine is available for anyone in Graham County who is 18 years old or older.

Also, a vaccination clinic for the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available to anyone 18
years of age and older. This clinic will be held on Friday, April 16. Register for an appointment
at or call the health department at 928-428-0110.

Greenlee County down to three active cases

According to the Greenlee County Health Department, Greenlee County is now down to just three confirmed active cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday.

The health department reports having a total of 569 positive tests for the course of the pandemic, with 556 recovered cases, three active cases, and 10 deaths.

Greenlee County went from the week of Feb. 28 – March 21 with a zero percent positivity rate. According to the ADHS, roughly 40 percent of Greenlee County residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19, with 7,214 doses administered.