Coronavirus hospitalizations dip slightly

- David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — The average number of area residents hospitalized due to COVID-19 has dropped by about 7 percent over the last week.

That’s according to Mt. Graham Regional Center’s weekly COVID-19 update.

There has been an average of 13 people hospitalized daily for coronavirus through Sept. 15, compared 14 the week of Sept. 8.

The percent of tests at the hospital coming back positive also dipped slightly, going from 35.41 percent as of Sept. 8, to 29.43 percent as of Sept. 15.

Meanwhile, Graham County Health Department reported 114 new cases Sept. 10-13, as well as another coronavirus-related death.

That brings the total number of new cases in September thus far to 438, less than 100 fewer than the entire month of August.

There have been eight deaths in September thus far, tying February for the second most coronavirus-related deaths in 2021, behind 14 in January.

Graham County continues to offer free vaccinations for anyone over the age of 12, including the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine, at the vaccination clinic on Main Street at Safford.

To schedule an appointment, go to Activities • Graham County, AZ • CivicEngage.