63 percent of coronavirus cases in November under 45 years old

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — More than half the COVID-19 cases in November thus far are in the two youngest age groups.

That’s according to data provided by Graham County Health Department.

Of the 33 new cases reported Wednesday, seven involve residents under the age of 20 and 14 involve people age 20-44.

The 20-44 age group has experienced 337 of November’s 795 cases, while those under 20 account for 161 cases.

Of the remaining three age groups tracked by the Health Department, both the 45-54 age group and the 55-64 age group have experienced 94 cases each in November, while those 65 and older account for 106 cases.

To date, Graham County has experienced 2,041 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 897 cases considered active and 34 deaths. The most recent death reported Tuesday involved a Thatcher resident in the 45-54 age group.

The positivity rate is 25.4 percent.

Graham County Health Department conducted a testing blitz on the campus of Eastern Arizona College on Tuesday, testing non-Graham County residents before they leave for home for the Thanksgiving break. Of the 33 people tested positive, 52 came back positive. Those totals will be recorded in the students’ home counties.

Greenlee County

Greenlee County Health Department reported 11 new cases Tuesday evening.

 Greenlee County has experienced 97 coronavirus cases in November thus far, nearly half the 200 cases the county has recorded since the start of the pandemic.

Eighty-six of Greenlee County’s cases are considered active and there have been two deaths.