COVID-19 cases on the rise in Graham County

SAFFORD — In a release issued late Monday afternoon, Graham County Health Department announced the area is seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

“This strain of COVID-19 is very contagious, but symptoms are generally mild, and there has not been an increase in hospitalizations,” the release reads.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard, there were 17 new cases in Graham County between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, with 335 cases over the past six months.

The Health Department will make free self-test kits available at this weekend’s SalsaFest, as well as at Harvest Festival on Oct. 21 and other local community events. Current CDC guidelines recommend isolation for five days from onset of symptoms for those with a positive test. It is also recommended to wear a mask when around others for an additional five days.

The updated monovalent COVID-19 vaccination will be available next month.

Those with questions are asked to contact Graham County Health Department at 928-428-0110.