Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in Coconino County. An official statement from the county’s Twitter account early Monday evening stated the individual was in his 50s with underlying health conditions.
According to Coconino County's civic alerts webpage, CCHHS is working to identify and contact anyone who interacted with the decedent. Furthermore, these individuals will be asked to isolate or quarantine to avoid further spread, and public health officials are actively monitoring their health.
Marie Peoples, county incident commander and deputy county manager, said the public’s thoughts are with family and friends. She also recommended basic sanitary practices for further preventing widespread COVID-19 infection.
“We share this family’s grief and are deeply committed to doing all we can to ensure the health and safety of our community,” Peoples said via the county’s website. “We urge everyone to take precautions to protect themselves and their family, including washing their hands frequently, staying home when they are sick and contacting a healthcare provider for medical guidance.”
The county’s website also referenced 18 confirmed cases in the area, along with mentioning the danger posed for elderly populations or those with prior health conditions. Additional information can be accessed online.