COVID-19 cases on San Carlos Apache reservation skyrocketing

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAN CARLOS — The San Carlos Apache Tribe, which is located in both Graham and Gila counties, has had a hard week, recording a total of 169 new cases since Sunday, including 51 cases Wednesday and 64 cases Thursday.

Based on data coming from Graham County Health Department, it’s the Gila County districts of Gilson Wash and 7-Mile getting hit the hardest, as just 10 of the 169 cases this week are occurring in the Graham County districts of Peridot and Bylas.

The tribe’s total is 1,383 with 208 of the cases considered active. There have also been 14 deaths, for a mortality rate of 1.01 percent.

Graham County Health Department announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday.

Six of the cases are in Safford, four on the San Carlos Apache reservation, two in Thatcher and one each in Pima and Fort Thomas.

That brings the county’s total to 977, with 206 of the cases considered active. The county’s positivity rate is at 12.5 percent per the Arizona Department of Health Services.

There have been 26 deaths in Graham County as a result of COVID-19, giving the county a mortality rate of 2.66 percent.

It’s now three days without a new case in Greenlee County.

The Greenlee County Health Department reports the total holding at 66, with seven active cases. Greenlee County’s positivity rate is 2.8 percent.

There have been two deaths as a result of coronavirus in Greenlee County, for a mortality rate of 3.03 percent.