San Carlos Apache Tribe records first COVID-19 death, two new cases in Greenlee

SAN CARLOS —The San Carlos Apache Tribe announced Friday its first death as a result of the coronavirus.

The only detail being released about the victim was that he or she had underlying health issues. The person had been receiving treatment off-reservation, at a “metro-area hospital,” according the San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation.

The tribe has 11 active COVID-19 cases on the reservation — 10 tribal members and one non-member who is affiliated with the tribe. In addition, there are 15 tribal members who live off-reservation who have tested positive, bringing the tribe’s total to 26.

 Greenlee County is now in double-digits when it comes to the coronavirus.

The Greenlee County Health Department announced late Thursday night two more people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 10 with one death.

The two new cases are believed to have originated outside of Greenlee County.

Graham County remains at 39 cases, with two deaths.