10 new COVID-19 cases in Graham County Thursday

Elizabeth Kuhn, family nurse-practitioner at Canyonlands Healthcare in Safford, conducts a COVID-19 nasal swab during a 2020 free drive-through testing blitz. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Graham County experienced its first double-digit increase in new COVID-19 cases in 10 days Thursday.

Graham County Health Department announced there were 10 new cases, one in Pima, three in Safford and six on the San Carlos Apache reservation.

That brings the county’s total to 786, with 165 cases considered active, 597 recovered and 24 deaths.

The Graham County Health Department will conduct a free testing blitz at Graham County Fairgrounds on Saturday. The testing blitz will run from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and appointments are strongly encouraged.

To reserve a time, log in at https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com and enter the agency code SALIVATEST. Once logged-in to the portal, click on “Appointments” to schedule a time. Arrive no more than 15 minutes before scheduled.

Meanwhile, Greenlee County Health Department reports the county is now at 42 days without a new case, keeping the total at 58, with 56 recovered and two deaths.