60 percent of January’s COVID-19 cases impact young adults

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Thanks to cases continuing to spread within the area’s correctional facilities, the early adult age group continues to be hit the hardest by coronavirus in the Gila Valley.

According to data released by the Graham County Health Department, through Jan. 30, 1,033 of January’s 1,858 new cases — or 60 percent — involve those 20 to 44 years old. The next nearest group, those 45 to 54 years old, account for 322 cases or 19 percent of the month’s new cases.

The prisons and jail also explain why 85 percent of January’s new cases are in the 85546 Zip Code, while the 85543 Zip Code — Pima to Bylas — accounts for 7 percent of the cases and the 85552 Zip Code — Thatcher — has 8 percent.

The total number of cases experienced by Graham County since the start of the pandemic is now at more than 5,000 and the total number of deaths is at 65.

Greenlee County

Greenlee County Health Department reported four new cases over the weekend, bringing the number of new cases in January to 111.

Greenlee County’s total since the start of the pandemic is up to 526 and there have been six deaths.