White Mountain Apache Tribe announces first COVID-19 death

Posted at 8:17 AM, Apr 27, 2020

Officials with the White Mountain Apache Tribe have confirmed their first known death related to the coronavirus.

The death was confirmed to be related to COVID-19 on Sunday, according to a press release.

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The individual was described as a female resident of the tribe in her 80's and is believed to have caught the virus from a previously known case.

"The White Mountain Apache Tribe extends our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the deceased during this time of loss," said Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood in a statement.

It is unclear exactly when the individual died.

The most recently available statistics show that the Navajo Nation has 1,716 confirmed cases of corona, with a total 59 deaths.

The tribe is located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Navajo County.