Coronavirus slowdown in Graham County continues

SAFFORD — Add just two new cases of COVID-19 to Graham County’s total.

That’s the information coming from Graham County Health Department on Wednesday, where one case was reported in Pima and the other on the San Carlos Apache reservation.

Graham County’s total number of cases is at 776, with 173 active, 579 recovered and 24 deaths.

The Health Department also announced that appointments for Saturday’s free testing blitz at Graham County Fairgrounds are strongly encouraged.

To reserve a time, log in at 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.

Requirements of the saliva test include:

• One must wear a protective face covering — either cloth or surgical mask

• Bring the QR code received after scheduling a test appointment

• 30 minutes before the appointment, rinse the mouth with plain water for 20-30 seconds and then spit the water out

• Do not eat, drink (even water), smoke, vape or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to the appointment time (any of these factors may cause an invalid test and/or the test may be rejected by clinical personnel at site collection)

• Staying well hydrated by drinking water the day before and up to 30 minutes prior to the test will speed the saliva collection process.

Results will be available at the online portal about 48 hours after the test.

The testing blitz will run from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe announced five new cases Tuesday, bringing the tribe’s total to 919, with 89 active, 816 recovered and 15 deaths.

Greenlee County Health Department reports that county is on Day 40 without a new case.

Greenlee County’s total is holding at 58, with one active case, 55 recovered and two deaths.