No new flu cases in Graham County in nearly a month

Statewide cases of flu 2015-2020 - Contributed Graphic/AZDHS

SAFFORD — While COVID-19 numbers continue to climb, things look good when it comes to the flu in the Gila Valley.

There have only been two cases of influenza in Graham County this flu season, and none since the middle of November.

One case of Influenza A involves a person aged 65 or older and occurred the week of Nov. 4. The other case is Influenza B in a person between the ages of 19 and 49 and occurred the week of Nov. 11.

Graham County typically sees most of its cases between the start of December and the end of February, with the peak occurring mid-January.

Meanwhile, Greenlee County remains free of flu cases thus far this season.

Statewide, there have been 117 cases of flu thus far, with 21 laboratory-confirmed cases last week. That’s up 17 percent from the previous week, but down 93 percent from the same time last year.

Forty-two of the cases are Influenza A, 71 are Influenza B and four are of an unknown strain.