SAFFORD – Two more Graham County residents have died as a result of COVID-19.
Graham County Health Department reported the deaths Tuesday. One is a person between the ages of 55 and 64 and the other was older than 65. The communities in which the victims lived were not disclosed.
That brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Graham County in December to 15, making December the deadliest month in the Gila Valley since the start of the pandemic. The month with the second greatest number of deaths is August, with 13.
The Health Department also reported seven new cases Tuesday – five in Safford and one each in Pima and Thatcher. That brings the total number of new cases in December to 925.
Graham County’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic is up to 3,144, which means slightly more than 8 percent of the county’s population has tested positive.
A total of 975 cases are considered active and there have been 50 deaths.
Greenlee County added four new cases.
Greenlee County Health Department reported the new cases Monday evening. That brings the county’s total of new cases in December to 146.
Since the start of the pandemic, Greenlee County has experienced 392 cases, which means slightly more than 4 percent of the county’s population has tested positive.
A total of 161 cases are considered active and there have been three deaths.