November worst month thus far for COVID-19 in Graham County

- David Bell Graph/GIla Valley Central

SAFFORD — With 28 new cases Saturday, November officially became the peak month of coronavirus infections in the Gila Valley.

The cases Saturday brought November’s total number of new cases to 402, exceeding the previous high of 395 recorded through the entire month of October.

Graham County Health Department reported 27 new cases Sunday and 29 new cases Monday, bringing November’s total to 458 cases with 14 days left in the month.

Graham County’s total since the start of the pandemic is 1,704, with 694 of the cases considered active.

Graham County also experienced a death over the weekend, a Safford resident between the ages of 55 and 64. That brings the total number of deaths to 32.

There have three COVID-19 related deaths in Graham County in November, and six over the past 30 days.

Graham County Health Department and Canyonlands Health Care announced a free testing blitz will take place Saturday in the Canyonlands parking lot, 2016 W. 16th St. in Safford, from 7 a.m. to noon.

Greenlee County Health Department reported four new cases Sunday evening.

That brings Greenlee’s total to 134, with 41 cases considered active and two deaths.