Less than one new case of COVID-19 per day in April thus far

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — April continues to show great improvement when it comes to new coronavirus cases in the Gila Valley, with the first two age groups to be vaccinated showing the fewest number of cases so far this month.

According to data provided by the Graham County Health Department, there have been just seven cases involving persons 65 and older, 15 in those 55 to 64, and 16 in those 45 to 54.

Through April 19, there are a total of 156 cases for April; however, 139 cases are from the Bylas and Peridot Districts on the San Carlos Apache Reservation that had been previously attributed to Gila County in error.

Taking out the adjusted cases from previous months, there have been only 17 new cases in Graham County in April, the fewest number of new cases since March 2020.

To date, there have been a total of 5,531 cases and 77 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Graham County since the start of the pandemic.

Graham County Health Department continues to offer free vaccinations to anyone 18 and older, including non-residents of the county. To register, go to www.graham.az.gov.