Graham County reports two new COVID-19 deaths

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM COUNTY – On Wednesday evening, the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services reported two additional deaths that have been attributed to COVID-19.

The two new deaths were patients from Safford who were both over the age of 65. No other information regarding the patients was released.

The new deaths bring the total for Graham County to eight deceased since the start of the pandemic.

The health department also listed seven additional positive COVID-19 test results Wednesday night, to bring the county’s total to 449. The ages of all of the known positive test cases include 71 aged 20 or younger, 181 between 21-44, 59 between 45-54, 50 between 55-64, and 88 who are 65 years old or older.

Out of the new cases, five are from Safford and two are from Thatcher.

As of Wednesday night, Graham County has administered 2,689 tests with 449 positive results. The county lists 345 active cases, 96 recovered cases, and now eight deaths. That means the death rate for those who have been known to test positive in Graham County is about 1.78 percent. According to health department criteria, a positive test is not considered a recovered case until the patient has been without symptoms for 30 days.

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