Graham County continues reduction in COVID cases

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

GRAHAM COUNTY – April began as March ended in Graham County as far as new, confirmed COVID-19 cases with just one solitary case in the past week. 

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Graham County reported just one new confirmed case in the past week. That followed up six cases the week before; one case the week before that, and 14 the week before that for a total of just 22 new confirmed cases for Graham County in the past month. 

After the ADHS reconciled a COVID-19 death attributed to Graham County last week, a new death was listed over the past week to increase the county’s total back to 173 for the course of the pandemic. Graham County has had a total of 11,940 confirmed cases.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) put out data regarding rates of COVID-19 by vaccination statusClick here to go through the data, which states that in February unvaccinated people had a 4.9 times greater chance of contracting COVID-19, a 29 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 59 times greater risk of dying from it than those who have been fully vaccinated with a booster shot.   

The Graham County Department of Health and Human Services offers free vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson and has booster shots for those 18 and over. Additionally, children 5 and up can receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and adults can have any of the three. The health department provides the vaccine Mondays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Thursdays from 2 – 5 p.m., and the Pfizer vaccine for those 5 and older on Thursdays from 5 – 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2 – 5 p.m. Click here to register to receive a vaccine. Vaccines are also available at local pharmacies such as Palo Verde Pharmacy in Pima, and, in Greenlee County, at Gila Health Resources.  

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