Graham County’s active cases now lower than recovered cases
By Jon Johnson
GREENLEE COUNTY – The Greenlee County Health Department hasn’t listed a new positive test for COVID-19 since Aug. 6, more than three weeks ago.
As of Thursday, the department has tested 1,036 people with 951 negative results, 58 positive tests, and 27 tests pending.
The health department also lists just three active cases, with 53 recovered cases and two deaths.
Greenlee County has attained the lowest business reopening status of “minimal” spread, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) metrics and data reporting, and has a zero percent positivity rating.
That means all businesses in Greenlee County that were previously shuttered, including fitness centers, theaters, and bars, are free to reopen as long as they follow the required protocols.
The same cannot be said for neighboring Graham County, however, where bars remain shuttered.
According to the ADHS data reporting, Graham County is still in the “substantial” spread risk. The data reported by the ADHS is about two weeks behind the current data.
Graham County has averaged about 60 cases per week for the past three weeks, and four days into this week has reported 38 cases as of Thursday.
To date, the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services has tested 3,690 people with 707 positives. The county currently has 297 active cases and 388 recovered cases, with 22 deaths.
For the state, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 519 new cases Friday to bring the total to 200,658 for the state. It added 49 new deaths Friday to bring the total fatalities due to COVID-19 to 4,978 in Arizona. The state has about 7.3 million residents.
Reported positive cases in the various counties include Maricopa County with 132,986, Pima County – 21,072, Yuma County – 12,165, Pinal County – 9,488, Navajo County – 5,569, Mohave County, 3,585, Apache County – 3,329, Coconino County – 3,287, Santa Cruz County – 2,720, Yavapai County – 2,284, Cochise County – 1,809, Gila County – 1,101, Graham County – 707, La Paz County – 498, Greenlee County – 58.