Graham County now in substantial transmission level for COVID-19

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – The new data statistics from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) was released today, and Graham County is in the “substantial transmission” category for both school and business metrics.

Graham County has exceeded the metric of 100 cases per 100,000 individuals with 564 cases per 100,000 and 512 cases per 100,000 for the last two weeks of November. The percent positivity was also in the substantial zone with 27.4 percent and 25.4 percent, respectively for those last two weeks.

The last metric that had been holding the county out of switching from moderate to substantial was the hospital visits in the region. However, those numbers have now increased to 10.9 percent and 11.9 percent, respectively for the last two weeks of November, putting Graham County in the substantial transmission zone. The southeast region includes Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, and Greenlee Counties as well.

After seeing single-digit increases in new cases the last few days, the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services (GCDHHS) announced an increase of 33 new cases on Thursday to bring the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 2,706. The health department reported a current number of 1,654 recovered cases, 1,011 active cases, and 41 deaths. Nearly all of the deaths have been from patients over the age of 65.

Out of the new cases, 25 came from Safford, and eight are from Thatcher. In total, the age ranges for all the cases include 548 who are under 20 years of age, 1,161 between the ages of 20-44, 336 between the ages of 45-54, 293 who are between the ages of 55-64, and 362 who are 65 and older.

Greenlee County

The Greenlee County Health Department listed five new positive cases on Wednesday, bringing its total number of cases to 350 since the start of the pandemic.

As of Wednesday, the department has tested 3,278 people, with 2,928 negative results. The health department currently lists 119 active cases, 228 recovered cases, and three deaths.


On Thursday, the ADHS listed 5,817 new cases to bring its total for the pandemic to 435,036 in Arizona. The department also listed 147 new deaths on Thursday, to bring the total for Arizona to 7,677 dead attributed to COVID-19.

The state also began administering the first approved vaccine this week.

The breakdown of total cases by county includes Maricopa with 269, 744, Pima – 55,801, Yuma – 23,550, Pinal – 22,926, Navajo – 10,030, Coconino – 9,595, Mohave – 9,253, Yavapai – 8,696, Apache – 6,673, Cochise – 5,622, Santa Cruz – 5,158, Gila – 3,826, Graham – 2,706, La Paz – 1,114, and Greenlee – 342 (county lists it at 350).

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