A man in his 50s became the first Arizona resident to die from the coronavirus, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced Friday night.
The man had underlying health conditions, according to the release. His identity was not released as the Maricopa County Department of Public Health notifies those close to him.
“We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends grieving their loved one during this difficult time,” said ADHS director Dr. Cara Christ in a statement. “COVID-19 is a serious disease that can be fatal in anyone, especially our elderly population and people with underlying health conditions.”