Greenlee County reports new positive COVID-19 case

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: A young girl secures her mask with loops over her ears. On Wednesday night, Greenlee County reported its first positive COVID-19 test in more than a month-and-a-half.

By Jon Johnson

GREENLEE COUNTY – After going a month-and-a-half without any new cases, the Greenlee County Health Department reported a new positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday night.

As of Wednesday, the county had tested 1,237 people with 1,176 negative results, 59 positive results, and two tests are currently pending.

The county now lists one active case, 56 recovered cases, and two deaths.

Any individuals who have been identified as potentially exposed to the new case will be contacted directly. The Health Department has been working with partners in the county to minimize the impact of this event and limit the spread throughout our community, according to a news release.

During the Greenlee County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, Sept. 15, the board voted 2-1 to continue its mask mandate through Oct. 20, when it will revisit the subject. If the mandate is not renewed again it will expire Oct. 22. The resolution requires anyone entering a public place to wear a protective face mask.

Ron Campbell, District 2-Morenci, made the motion to renew the mandate, and it was seconded by David Gomez, District 1-Clifton. BOS Chairman Richard Lunt, District 3-Duncan, spoke in favor of the use of masks but cast the lone dissenting vote adding that he felt it should be an individual’s choice.

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