MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. – The Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Department of Public Health have confirmed the first death from the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Arizona on Friday.
The individual was a male in his 50s with underlying health conditions, AZDHS reported.
AZDHS is in the process of notifying people who were in close contact with this person and asks them to monitor themselves for symptoms.
The following is a message from AZDHS:
“We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends grieving their loved one during this difficult time,” said Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS Director. “COVID-19 is a serious disease that can be fatal in anyone, especially our elderly population and people with underlying health conditions. We expect to see more cases of COVID-19 in Arizona, and there could be more deaths. It is imperative that everyone takes precautions to protect you and your family from this disease.”
Arizona Department of Health Services – March, 20, 2020
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