Delta-plus continues to dominate Graham County

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — The number of new coronavirus infections in Graham County continues to climb, bringing the Gila Valley closer to the 10,000 mark.

With another 173 new cases confirmed over the past three days, Graham County has experienced 9,449 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Graham County Health Department reports 713 cases are currently considered active.

“From about the third week of December and back, we’ve been pretty much Delta-plus dominant,” said Health Department Director Brian Douglas. “We do suspect Omicron here, but we have not received official data back stating such.”

There have been 513 new cases in January thus far, about 47 percent below the same time last year but about 32 percent more than the same time last month.

Arizona Department of Health Services reports 56.6 percent of Graham County residents are vaccinated for COVID-19.

Graham County Health Department is providing free vaccines to anyone 5-years-old and older, and free boosters to anyone 12 and older. To schedule an appointment for the free vaccine or booster, go to Activities • Graham County, AZ • CivicEngage.