Graham County reports 17 new cases of COVID-19

SAFFORD — After seven days of new cases in the single digits — including two days of no cases at all — Graham County experienced a day of double-digit new cases of COVID-19.

Graham County Health Department announced 17 new cases Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 734, with 267 cases considered still active, 445 recovered and 22 deaths.

There have been 3,883 residents tested thus far, with 18.9 percent of those tests coming back as positive.  The mortality rate for those who’ve tested positive is 2.99 percent.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe also reported 11 new cases Tuesday, bringing the tribe’s total to 808. Eighty-six of the cases are considered active, 711 have recovered and there have been 14 deaths.

There have been 6,174 tribal members tested thus far, with 13.08 percent of those tests coming back as positive. The mortality rate on the reservation for those testing positive for COVID-19 is 1.73 percent.

In response to the reduced number of new daily cases, the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council made a number of moves opening the reservation. The Rainbow City checkpoint has been opened, every day now is essential day, parks and recreation facilities are now open from 3-8 p.m. daily and curfew is now between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Bans on wakes and funerals remain in place with gatherings now of no more than 50 people at burial sites.

Greenlee County is now at 26  days without someone testing positive for COVID-19.

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