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Coronavirus in Arizona: 3rd death reported as Pima County sees first deadly case

Posted at 6:25 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 23:18:21-04

PHOENIX — Health officials have confirmed the first death due to coronavirus in Pima County, marking the third death so far in our state.

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According to the Pima County Health Department, the individual was a woman in her 50s with underlying health issues that may have put her at a higher risk for complications due to the respiratory virus. PCHD reportedly received the positive results Monday evening.

“We express our deepest condolences to this person’s loved ones and family members,” said Dr. Bob England, Director of the Pima County Health Department. “COVID-19 is a dangerous disease that can be fatal and is especially serious for those with underlying health conditions, no matter their age. There will be more cases of COVID-19 in Pima County, and there will be more deaths. Please take recommended precautions to slow the spread.”

According to PCHD, the woman's case marks the 25th case of COVID-19 in Pima County as of March 23. Health Department officials expect the number of cases will continue to increase as testing becomes more widely available.

Maricopa County has reported two COVID-19 related deaths since Friday.

The first two individuals were men, one in his 50s and another in his 70s, both with underlying health conditions.