COVID-19 cases locally continue to grow

SAFFORD — Graham County is up to 36 positive cases of COVID-19, including two deaths.

Graham County Health Department announced three new cases Monday evening, with two of the cases connected to the cluster first identified Memorial Day and the other still under investigation. Two of the victims live in Safford and the other on the San Carlos Apache reservation.

Seven of the people who have contracted the virus are 20 years old and younger, three are between the ages of 21 and 34, 16 are 35 to 64 years old and 10 are 65 and older.

Both of the people who died were 70 years old and older and both had underlying medical conditions.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Graham County is seeing a 96.2 per 100,000 population rate of positive cases.

Greenlee County also added two new cases Monday, bringing its total to eight with one death.

Greenlee County Health Department officials said they are continuing to investigate the origins of the new cases.

Five of the cases are still active while two have fully recovered.

Greenlee County is seeing a 77.1 per 100,000 population rate of positive cases.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe also announced the number of tribal members diagnosed as as positive for COVID-19 continues to climbs.

On Monday, the tribe announced the number of positive cases involving members on the reservation has climbed to five, while there are 13 tribal members who live off reservation who have tested positive.

There have no tribal member deaths associated with COVID-19.

A record number of new cases were reported statewide Monday, with 1,127 new cases and 24 deaths. That brings Arizona’s total to 21,250 cases and 941 deaths since the start of the pandemic.