Arizona Officials Confirm First Death Due To COVID-19

COVID -19, commonly known as coronavirus [Slide courtesy CDC]

PHOENIX — On Friday, the first death due to COVID-19 in Arizona was confirmed by health officials. The deceased Maricopa County man in his 50s, had underlying health conditions.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is notifying close contacts of the decease and asking them to monitor for symptoms.

COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing.

For people with mild illness, individuals are asked to stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and get rest.

For people with more severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, individuals are advised to seek healthcare.

“We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends grieving their loved one during this difficult time,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) in a press release. “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.”

The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

● Stay home when you are sick.

● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.



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