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Yuma County child dies due to COVID-19, marks Arizona's first pediatric death

Posted at 6:24 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 21:33:11-04

YUMA, AZ — A child has died from complications related to COVID-19, marking the first pediatric death in Arizona linked to the virus, the Yuma County Public Health District said Thursday evening.

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In a news release, Yuma County health officials said the child had "multiple serious underlying medical conditions."

"It is our deepest regret to share the news of the first COVID-19-related pediatric death in Arizona,” said Diana Gomez, director of the Yuma County Public Health District, in a statement. "News like this not only resonates within the health community, but with every resident. We are heartbroken and extend our deepest sympathy to the child’s friends and family."

No other information about the child was released to protect the child and family's privacy, Gomez said.

As of Thursday, there have been 9,945 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona, of which 148 are in Yuma County, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. A total of 450 people have died. A total of 111,086 cases have been conducted.

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