COVID-19 cases drop by one, while deaths increase

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Graham County’s coronavirus count went down Tuesday.

The county’s Health Department reported a decrease of one case due to a reconciliation by the Arizona Department of Health Services, where a case once assigned to Graham County was reassigned to the victim’s proper county of residence.

The change reduces the number of new cases in January thus far to 1,604.

The Health Department also reported another coronavirus-related death Tuesday, a Thatcher resident over the age of 65.

It’s the fifth death over the past five days and the 14th in January thus far.

Graham County residents over the age of 75 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and are encouraged to register for the wait list. Once more vaccines are received by the county, those residents will be contacted to schedule an appointment. Those 65 and older may also register for the wait list.

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Greenlee County

Greenlee County Health Department reported three new cases Monday evening.

That brings the total number of new cases in January thus far to 101.

Greenlee County Health Department announced its partnership with Gila Health Resources has enabled residents over the age of 18 to now register for the COVID-19 vaccine. Also eligible are frontline, essential service and critical industry workers.

Vaccinations are by appointment only and eligible recipients must pre-register at