Younger adults testing positive at greater rate than rest of the population

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD —Nearly half of December’s cases of COVID-19 in the Gila Valley involve young adults.

That’s according to data provided by Graham County Health Department.

People in the 20 to 44 year old age group have accounted for 107 of December’s 223 cases of coronavirus through Dec. 9. That’s 48 percent of all new cases this month and nearly three times that of the next closest age group — the 45-54 age group with 38 cases this month.

The under 20-years-old age group has seen 31 new cases this month, a 31 percent decrease from the same time last month. Those over 65-years-old have experienced 25 new cases this month and there have been 21 people between the ages of 55 and 64 who have tested positive.

There were 19 new cases reported Wednesday, with 12 in the Safford area, six in Thatcher and one on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.

Graham County’s total is at 2,438, with 1,025 cases considered active and 38 deaths. Forty-three percent of the total number of cases have involved people 20-44 years old.

Greenlee County

Greenlee County has experienced six new cases.

Greenlee County Health Department reported the new cases Tuesday evening, bringing the total of new cases in December thus far to 65.

Greenlee County’s total is at 311, with 191 cases considered active and three deaths.