Four new COVID-19 cases in Graham County

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SAFFORD — There are four new cases of coronavirus in Graham County.

The Graham County Health Department reported Tuesday that three of the cases are in Safford and one on the San Carlos Apache reservation. None of the new cases are tied to last Saturday’s testing blitz, as those results have not yet been released.

Graham County is at 797 total cases and 24 deaths during the pandemic. The county currently has an infection rate of 8.4 percent, and a mortality rate of 3.01 percent.

Graham County Health Department, in conjunction with the Arizona National Guard, will conduct another testing blitz Saturday, Sept. 26, at Graham County Fairgrounds.

appointments for Saturday’s free testing blitz at Graham County Fairgrounds are strongly encouraged.

To reserve a time, log in at and enter the agency code SALIVATEST. Once logged-in to the portal, click on “Appointments” to schedule a time. Arrive no more than 15 minutes before scheduled.

Requirements of the saliva test include:

• One must wear a protective face covering — either cloth or surgical mask

• Bring the QR code received after scheduling a test appointment

• 30 minutes before the appointment, rinse the mouth with plain water for 20-30 seconds and then spit the water out

• Do not eat, drink (even water), smoke, vape or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to the appointment time (any of these factors may cause an invalid test and/or the test may be rejected by clinical personnel at site collection)

• Staying well hydrated by drinking water the day before and up to 30 minutes prior to the test will speed the saliva collection process.

Results will be available at the online portal about 48 hours after the test.

Greenlee County is now at Day 46 without a new case of COVID-19.

Of the county’s 58 total number of cases, 56 people have recovered and there were two deaths.

Greenlee County Health Department announced it now has available flu shots. Walk-ins are accepted; however, appointments are encouraged due to COVID-19 distancing restrictions.

Call 928-865-2601 for the Clifton office, and 928-359-2866 for the Duncan office.