Graham County records no new positive COVID-19 tests for two straight days

Total positives for the week less than previous week

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

SAFFORD – After starting the week out with 25 new positive tests, Graham County only recorded single digits Tuesday through Friday and had zero new cases Saturday and Sunday, giving the county just 45 new cases last week – which was less than the 64 from the previous week.

The lowering number of cases is required for businesses to reopen from Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order mandate.

As of Sunday, the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services reports that 3,857 people had been tested, with 714 total positives since the start of the pandemic in March. The recovered cases (433) is now much greater than the number of active cases (259). According to GCDHHS criteria, a positive test is not considered a recovered patient until they have 30 days symptom-free. Graham County has about 39,000 residents.

A total of 22 people, mostly all over the age of 65 and who had pre-existing health conditions, have died with COVID-19 in Graham County.  

According to the state’s database, Graham County’s positive test cases include 124 who are under 20 years of age, 311 between 20-44, 75 between 45-54, 78 between 55-64, and 125 who are 65 years old or older.

Greenlee County

Greenlee County hasn’t had a new positive test for COVID-19 since Aug. 6 and currently sports a zero present positivity rating from the ADHS.

As of Sunday, the Greenlee County Health Department has administered tests to 1,046 people, with 967 being negative, 58 positives, and 21 results pending. The county lists 3 active cases, 53 recovered cases, and two deaths. Greenlee County has about 10,000 residents.

The breakdown of the Greenlee cases includes three under the age of 20, 35 between 20-44, nine between 45-54, seven between 55-64, and four who are 65 years old or older.

Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: Greenlee County EMT Dawna Lizarraga adjusts a sign at the entrance to a free Covid-19 drive-through testing site on July 25. The county hasn’t had a new positive test since Aug. 6.

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. As of Sunday, the San Carlos Apache Tribe Department of Health & Human Services reported having administered tests to 6,080 people with 5,274 negative, 769 positives, and 37 results pending.

The Tribe lists 82 currently active cases, with 678 recovered cases, and nine deaths.

The area breakdown on the reservation includes Gilson Wash – 119 positive, 110 recovered, 5 active, four deaths; Peridot – 261 positive, 229 recovered, 27 active, five deaths; 7-Mile – 115  positive, 110 recovered, five active; Bylas – 218 positive, 181 recovered, 37 active; other areas – 56 positive, 48 recovered, eight active.   

Statewide

For the state, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported just 174 new cases Monday to bring the total to 201,835 for the state. It reduced the new death total by one to bring the total fatalities due to COVID-19 to 5,029 in Arizona. The state has about 7.3 million residents.  

Reported positive cases in the various counties include Maricopa County with 133,728, Pima County – 21,221, Yuma County – 12,230, Pinal County – 9,550, Navajo County – 5,598, Mohave County – 3,615, Apache County – 3,338, Coconino County – 3,324, Santa Cruz County – 2,728, Yavapai County – 2,311, Cochise County – 1,816, Gila County – 1,106, Graham County – 714, La Paz County – 498, Greenlee County – 58.

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