Second death linked to COVID-19 in Graham County

SAFFORD —A second death linked to the coronavirus has hit Graham County.

The Graham County Health Department confirmed the death Thursday evening. The person was in his or her 90s and had an underlying health condition.

The first death, a person in his or her 70s also with an underlying medical condition, was confirmed Tuesday, May 26.

In addition, the Health Department noted there were two new positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 27 since the start of the pandemic. The new cases are linked to the cluster first identified Monday, May 25. One of the persons lives in Safford and the other in Pima.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe also announced Thursday the first positive COVID-19 case involving a tribal member who lives on the reservation. Additionally, another case was confirmed involving a tribal member who lives off reservation.

The two new cases bring the total to 10 of San Carlos Apache tribal members who have tested positive. To date, there have been no deaths of tribal members linked to COVID-19.

Greenlee County is currently at four positive cases, with two of those case fully recovered.

Statewide there have been 17,763 positive cases of COVID-19 with 857 deaths.