Greenlee County reports two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19

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By Jon Johnson

GREENLEE COUNTY – On Friday, the Greenlee County Health Department announced two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19. 

The new deaths were of a Morenci area resident in their 40s and a Clifton area resident in their 70s. 

Greenlee County has had a total of 22 deaths attributed to COVID-19, with five in the last week alone. 

Greenlee County has had nine deaths from the Duncan area, eight from the Clifton area, and five from the Morenci area, according to the release. 

As of Friday, Greenlee County had 1,404 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 1,212 recovered cases, 170 active cases, and 22 deaths, for a death rate percentage of 1.57 percent. The state average is 1.76 percent, with Graham County at 1.54 percent. 

Greenlee County has the lowest rate of cases per population out of any county in the state with 13,060 per 100,000 population; Graham County is the worst in the state at 21,922 per 100,000 population, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). 

Graham County has had 130 deaths out of its 8,435 cases, according to the ADHS. 

COVID-19 vaccines for those 5 and up and booster shots are available in Greenlee County through Gila Health Resources.