By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – As of Monday, Graham County has had 5,319 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 (those who have been tested) with 5,019 now listed as recovered.
According to the Graham County Department of Health and Human Services, the county currently has 225 active cases and has had 75 deaths attributed to COVID-19. A case is considered active for 30 days.
On Monday, the GCDHHS announced 20 new positive tests for Friday through Monday, with 10 coming from the Safford zip code and five each from both the Thatcher and Pima zip codes.
Arizona has been reported as one of the hotspots of the world for new COVID-19 cases, and Graham County is the fifth-highest county with the most cases per population. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 Data Dashboard, as of Monday, Graham County was listed as having a percentage of 13,824 cases per 100,000 residents. Even with the influx of cases in correctional facilities, however, Graham County is still behind Yuma County (15,903 per 100,000), Apache County (14,854 per 100,000), Santa Cruz County (14,407 per 100,000), and Navajo County (13,973 per 100,000) in the rate of transmission per population. Conversely, Greenlee County – where there are no correctional facilities – has the lowest rate in Arizona with 5,407 per 100,000, according to Tuesday’s numbers from the ADHS, the state average is 11,507 per 100,000.
Graham County’s demographics of cases include 743 under the age of 20, 2,622 between the ages of 20-44, 805 between the ages of 45-54, 568 between the ages of 55-64, 572 who are 65 years old or older, and nine who are unknown.
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As of Sunday, the Greenlee County Health Department has administered 4,972 tests with 4,406 negative results and 566 positives. The county lists 32 active cases, 524 recovered cases, and 10 deaths.
On Monday, the ADHS listed 783 new cases to bring its total for the pandemic to 827,237 in Arizona. The department listed no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Monday, with the total for Arizona at 16,328 dead attributed to COVID-19.
The breakdown of total cases by county includes Maricopa with 516,720, Pima – 110,590, Pinal – 46,980, Yuma – 36,571, Mohave – 21,429, Yavapai – 18,024, Coconino – 16,771, Navajo – 15,765, Cochise – 11,338, Apache – 10,667, Santa Cruz – 7,659, Gila – 6,420, Graham – 5,319, La Paz – 2,423, and Greenlee – 561 (county lists it at 566).