San Carlos Apache Tribe reports 139 new COVID-19 cases in one day

File Photo By Jacqueline Marshall/Wyoming National Guard: The number of new positive COVID-19 cases on the San Carlos Apache Reservation just rapidly increased, doubling the total number of current active cases.

By Jon Johnson

SAN CARLOS APACHE RESERVATION – On Friday, the San Carlos Apache Tribe reported 139 new positive cases for COVID-19 – causing their currently active cases to roughly double. 

According to the San Carlos Apache Tribe, of the 139 new cases, 37 are children 11 or younger; 22 are those 55 and older; 35 cases are symptomatic, and 71 cases are individuals who are fully vaccinated. 

Health officials stress that while fully vaccinated individuals may still contract COVID-19, it is far less likely to progress to any symptoms or hospitalization for those who are vaccinated. 

The San Carlos Apache Tribe offers free COVIDl-19 vaccines for everyone, including the Pfizer vaccine, which can be used for those 12 and older, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, for those 18 and older. Call (928) 475-1310 for any vaccine questions. 

The San Carlos Apache Reservation stretches between Graham and Gila counties, so its COVID-19 reporting is split between the counties as well. 

As of Friday, the various areas of the reservation’s numbers included: Gilson Wash, 775 positive, 727 recovered, 20 deaths, 28 active cases; Peridot, 1,506 positive, 1,398 recovered, 25 deaths, 83 active cases; 7-Mile, 916 positives, 847 recovered, 7 deaths, 62 active cases; Bylas, 873 positive, 826 recovered, 3 deaths, 44 active cases; other, 346 positive, 326 recovered, 2 deaths, 18 active cases. 

The R-naught Value – the number of new people being infected by each currently infected person – was listed at 46.5 for Peridot; 26 for Bylas; 20.6 for 7-Mile; 13.5 for Gilson Wash, and 1.02 for other areas.