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Child dies from COVID-19 in Yuma County; first pediatric death in Arizona

(David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

PHOENIX — Officials announced Thursday a child in Yuma County died from COVID-19, the first pediatric death related to the virus in Arizona.

Yuma County health officials said in a press release that the child had multiple serious underlying health conditions.

“It is our deepest regret to share the news of the first COVID-19-related pediatric death in Arizona,” Diana Gomez, director of the Yuma County Public Health District, said in the release. “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.”

Yuma County had reported a total of 148 positive cases as of Thursday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard.

The state health department hasn’t provided an exact number of deaths in Yuma County related to the virus, only noting that there have been less than three.

There were 450 coronavirus-related deaths and a total of 9,945 cases in Arizona as of Thursday morning.

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