January adds another 52 new COVID0-19 cases

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Wednesday proved to be yet another difficult day in the Gila Valley when it comes to coronavirus.

Graham County Health Department reported 52 new cases and another coronavirus-related death Wednesday, a Thatcher resident over the age of 65.

There have been 320 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths through the first six days of January. That’s more than double the number of new cases through the first six days of December and 65 percent more than the first six days of November.

Of Wednesday’s new cases, 45 are located in the Safford area, one is in Pima and six are on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.

Graham County’s total is at 3,548, with 1,169 of the cases considered active. There have been a total of 54 deaths thus far.

Greenlee County

Greenlee County Health Department reported nine new cases Wednesday evening.

That brings the total number of new cases in January to 35, which is almost 8 percent of all the cases the county has experienced since the start of the pandemic.

Greenlee County’s total is at 450, with 159 cases considered active. There have been three deaths.