Still no testing blitz in Graham, Greenlee

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Health Services is extending COVID-19 testing but that testing does not include Graham or Greenlee counties.

In a release issued Friday, Arizona Department of Health Services announced that its Testing Blitz was being extended through the end of May. However, Graham and Greenlee counties continue to be absent from the list of testing locations.

IN an e-mail to Gila Valley Central, Holly Poynter, public information officer for Arizona Department of Health Services, said, “ ADHS invited partners from across the state to participate in the testing blitz, and we are adding additional sites every day. While we do not have sites listed in those counties right now, please check back as there may be sites listed in the future. ADHS continues to work with partners throughout the state to increase the number of sites participating in the Testing Blitz and to provide coverage throughout the state.”

Currently, Graham County has recorded 21 positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic while Greenlee County has had two. San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Terry Rambler said seven tribal members have tested positive, though he did not specify how many those live in Graham County and how many live in Gila County.

There have been no deaths recorded in Graham, Greenlee or on the reservation.

There have been 212,784 tests conducted statewide through Monday afternoon, with 14,170 positive cases and 686 deaths.