Graham County COVID-19 deaths now into triple digits

Photo By Dawn Endico/Creative Commons: Two more Graham County residents’ deaths were attributed to COVID-19. Officials report the U.S. has had more than 700,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

County reports two additional deaths to COVID-19 to bring total to 101

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – On Monday, the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services announced two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the county’s total for the pandemic to 101.

The health department announced 70 new confirmed cases for Graham County over the past four days, with about 47 coming from the Safford zip code, 15 from the Pima/Bylas zip code, five from the Thatcher zip code, and three unknown. 

Even with the recent uptick of new cases, the county’s currently active case number decreased to 473. For the course of the pandemic, Graham County has had 7,044 confirmed cases, with 6,470 recoveries, and 101 deaths. 

Health experts advise that the best way to avoid catching the virus or becoming sick from it is to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines, which better prepare the body to fend off the virus shall it come in contact with a person. Additionally, vaccinated people are much more likely to be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms if a breakthrough case occurs.   

Currently, 64.4 percent of Graham County’s eligible population is fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

The Graham County Department of Health and Human Services offers free vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Children 12 and up can receive the Pfizer vaccine, and adults can have any of the three. The health department provides the vaccine Mondays-Wednesdays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Thursdays from 2 – 5 p.m., and the Pfizer vaccine on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Click here to register to receive a vaccine