San Carlos Apaches announce second COVID-19 death; drive-through testing coming to Safford

SAN CARLOS —The San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation has announced a second tribal member has died from COVID-19.

The announcement was made Sunday. The person was not living on the reservation, rather the person had lived on the Navajo Reservation and was in the White Mountain at the time of his or her passing.

It’s the second COVID-19 death for the tribe; the previous death also involved a member who did not live on the reservation.

The tribe is at 28 positive cases — 12 on the reservation and 16 off.

Greenlee County held steady over the weekend, at 10 positive cases and one death, while Graham County is up to 40 cases following the announcement of a new positive Saturday. The person lives in Safford and is related to the latest cluster.

Graham County has also experienced two deaths.

Graham County Health Department also announced the area’s first free mass testing will take place Saturday, June 13, at Canyonlands Healthcare.

Those participating in the drive-through testing will first complete paperwork and then be given a nasal swab. Results are expected to take a few days to complete and participants will be notified of results. Those who test positive will be given additional instructions.

The testing will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Canyonlands, 2016 W. 16th Street in Safford. For more information contact Canyonlands at 928-428-1500 or Graham County Health Department at 928-428-0110.