Graham County tops 900 coronavirus cases

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — With three new cases announced Wednesday, Graham County has now seen more than 900 of its residents test positive for COVID-19.

Graham County Health Department announced Wednesday’s cases are all located in Safford.

That brings Graham County’s total number of cases to 901 since the start of the pandemic, 2.3 percent of the county’s population. Comparatively, the largest number of cases as a percentage of population is Santa Cruz County, at 6.2 percent, while the lowest is Greenlee County at 0.6 percent.

Greenlee County also has the lowest total count of cases in the state at 60, with no new cases reported since Oct. 1.

However, despite having the lowest number of total cases and the lowest number of cases as a percentage of population, Greenlee County does not have the lowest mortality rate in the state. With two deaths, Greenlee County’s mortality rate is 3.3 percent of those testing positive.

Graham County’s mortality rate is 2.9 percent — 26 deaths out of 901 positive cases.

The highest mortality rate is 5.6 percent in Mohave County, which has seen 228 deaths from 4,075 positive cases. The lowest mortality rate is Pinal County, which has had 212 deaths out of 10,859 positive cases, for a rate of 1.9 percent.