File Photo by Susan Wong /Cronkite News: Fans were excited to be back at a WM Phoenix Open that more resembles the tournament in a pre-COVID-19 era. With fewer and fewer cases, more and more things are returning to normal.
By Jon Johnson
GRAHAM COUNTY – After seeing a peak in January where the county was reporting more than 100 new cases per day, Graham County currently only has a total of 124 currently active cases.
The Graham County Department of Health and Human Services reported one solitary new confirmed COVID-19 case in the past week for Graham County. That followed 14 from the previous week.
For the course of the pandemic, Graham County has registered 11,933 total confirmed cases, with 11,636 recoveries, 124 currently active, and 173 deaths.
With the lower number of new cases, the Copper Mountain Clinic has updated its drive-through free COVID testing site behind Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center to Monday – Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) put out data regarding rates of COVID-19 by vaccination status. Click here to go through the data, which states that in January unvaccinated people had an 11 times greater chance of contracting COVID-19, a 67 times greater risk of hospitalization, and 180 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.