By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – After spending months with very little cases, Graham County has added more COVID-19 positive tests in the last two days than it did during the first three months of the pandemic.
The county added 30 new cases Sunday and reported an additional 35 cases Monday to now total 431.
Out of the new cases, 20 are from the part of the San Carlos Apache Reservation that is in Graham County, nine are from Safford, four from Thatcher, and two from Pima.
To date, the county has administered tests to 2,579 people with a total of 396 positives. The county lists 338 currently active cases, with 87 recovered cases, and six deaths. Graham County has about 39,000 residents.
The ages of Graham County’s cases include 70 who are 20 years old or younger, 171 between 21-44, 58 between 45-54, 47 between 55-64, and 85 who are 65 years old or older. As of Monday, eight people were hospitalized at the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center due to COVID-19.
The Greenlee County Health Department previously announced four new positive COVID-19 tests Sunday but didn’t have any new positives Monday.
To date, Greenlee has administered tests to 878 people, with 725 being negative, 52 positives, and 101 results pending. The county lists 28 active cases, 22 recovered cases, and the two deaths. Greenlee County has about 10,000 residents.
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 Monday, the San Carlos Apache Tribe Department of Health & Human Services reported 12 new positive tests for the reservation.
To date, the Tribe has administered tests to 3,804 people with 2,939 negative, 412 positives, and 453 results pending.
The Tribe lists 166 currently active cases, with 244 recovered cases, and two deaths.
The area breakdown on the reservation includes Gilson Wash – 55 positive, 30 recovered, 24 active, one death; Peridot – 152 positive, 93 recovered, 58 active, one death; 7-Mile – 69 positive, 53 recovered, 16 active; Bylas – 101 positive, 49 recovered, 52 active; other areas – 35 positive, 19 recovered, 16 active.
For the state, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,107 new cases Monday to bring the total to 165,934 for the state. It added 104 new deaths Monday to bring the total fatalities due to COVID-19 to 3,408 in Arizona. The state has about 7.3 million residents.
Reported positive cases in the various counties include Maricopa County with 111,446, Pima County – 15,292, Yuma County – 10,562, Pinal County – 7,655, Navajo County – 5,106, Apache County – 2,945, Coconino County – 2,880, Mohave County – 2,791, Santa Cruz County – 2,535, Yavapai County – 1,627, Cochise County – 1,422, Gila County – 724, La Paz County – 466, Graham County – 431, Greenlee County – 52.