SAFFORD — Thanks to cases transmitting at area correctional facilities, as well as community spread, the number of new coronavirus cases in the Gila Valley through the first 12 days of January is almost equal to the total in the entire month of December.
Graham County Health Department reported 99 new cases Tuesday, bringing January’s total thus far to 942. There were 1,013 cases in the full month of December.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, more than 79 percent of prisoners fall between the ages of 20 and 50, and almost all of Tuesday’s new cases were in that age range, with 57 between the ages of 20-44 and 25 between the ages of 45-54.
With Tuesday’s new cases, Graham County’s total has climbed to 4,170 since the start of the pandemic. The positivity rate is at 23.4 percent and there have been 56 deaths.
Greenlee County Health Department reported seven new cases Monday.
That brings January’s total of new cases thus far to 54.
Greenlee County has experienced 417 cases thus far, with four deaths.
Greenlee County’s positivity rate is 20.8 percent.