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By Jon Johnson
GREENLEE COUNTY – With the announcement of two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Tuesday night, Greenlee County saw its total death count increase by 100 percent in one week.
The Greenlee County Health Department reported the death of residents from both the Clifton and Duncan areas on Tuesday, marking the county’s fifth and sixth victims. To date, there have been three deaths from the Clifton area and three from the Duncan area attributed to COVID-19. All of the deaths have been from victims in their 60s and 70s, according to the health department’s release.
The health department also listed one new positive test for COVID-19, putting its total for the pandemic at 472, with 160 active cases, 306 recovered cases and six deaths.
As of Tuesday night, the health department has administered 4,121 tests, with 3,649 being negative.
Greenlee County still has the lowest percentage of COVID-19 cases out of any county in the state (and lowest total) with 4,472 cases per 100,000 people by percentage. The state average is 8,848 cases per 100,000. After Greenlee County, the next lowest is Yavapai County, with 5,961 cases per 100,000.