Yuma County Public Health District officials announced Thursday that a child has died from COVID-19. The passing of the Yuma County child is Arizona’s first pediatric death related to the virus.
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 159 positive cases as of Friday morning, according to Arizona Department of Health Services. The health department hasn’t reported an exact number of COVID-19 deaths in Yuma County, however the released reports state there have been less than three.
As of Friday morning, Arizona has reported 10,526 positive cases and 517 deaths in the state as a result of COVID-19.