Graham County COVID-19 positivity rate at 14.2 percent

SAFFORD — Graham County Health Department announced nine more residents tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday morning.

The new cases — eight on the San Carlos Tribal reservation and one non-tribal resident — brings the county’s total to 744, with 265 considered active cases, 467 recovered and 22 deaths.

The county is reporting a positivity rate of 14.2 percent, with a 2.95 percent mortality rate among those who test positive.

Most of the cases — 325 — involve those between the ages of 20 and 44. The next largest group — 130 — involve those 20 years old and younger, followed by 127 cases involving those 65 and older, 84 in those 55 to 64 years old, and 77 in those 45 to 54 years old.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe — which spans both Graham and Gila counties — reported seven new cases and one death Thursday. That brings the tribe’s total to 829, with 86 active cases, 728 recovered and 15 deaths.

The two districts in Graham County on the reservation — Peridot and Bylas — continue to be the hardest hit, with Peridot recording 273 cases and five deaths, and Bylas recording 235 cases.

The death recorded Thursday occurred in the 7-Mile District.

Greenlee County Health Department reports it’s now been 27 days without someone testing positive for COVID-19.

Greenlee County’s total is holding at 58, with just three cases still active, 53 recovered and two deaths.