By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – While double-digit increases of new positive tests still occur daily, a greater number of previously diagnosed COVID-19 cases have now dropped the active case number under 1,000.
The Graham County Department of Health and Human Services announced 59 new positive test results for Friday and 28 on Saturday, increasing the total number of positive tests to 3,086 for the course of the pandemic. However, the total number listed as recovered increased to 2,057, with 981 active cases, and 48 deaths. The new positive tests include 67 from Safford, 14 from Thatcher, four from Pima, one from Fort Thomas, and one from the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
The age breakdown of cases includes 579 under the age of 20, 1,364 between the ages of 20-44, 398 between the ages of 45-54, 337 between the ages of 55-64, and 401 who are 65 or older.
The Moderna vaccine has arrived in Graham County and is beginning to be given in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols. According to healthcare advisers, everyone who would like to get the vaccine should be able to by spring 2021. The vaccine is free.
As of Friday, the Greenlee County Department of Health listed administering 3,504 tests, with 3,122 negative results and 382 positives.
The county lists its currently active cases at 151, with 228 recovered cases, and three deaths.
On Saturday, the ADHS listed 6,106 new cases to bring its total for the pandemic to 493,041 in Arizona. The department also listed 15 new deaths on Thursday, to bring the total for Arizona to 8,424 dead attributed to COVID-19.
The breakdown of total cases by county includes Maricopa with 302,640, Pima – 65,648, Yuma – 26,563, Pinal – 25,847, Mohave – 11,349, Navajo – 10,874, Coconino – 10,671, Yavapai – 10,446, Apache – 7,192, Cochise – 7,052, Santa Cruz – 5,731, Gila – 4,250, Graham – 3,086, La Paz – 1,316, and Greenlee – 376 (county lists it at 382).