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Pima County man dies from coronavirus, 2nd reported here

A second Pima County resident has died of COVID-19, a man in his 70s with other health conditions that may have increased his risk. The man died Tuesday night, sources said.

A Pima County official first publicly mentioned the death in oblique terms during a Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday.

The death, previously unannounced, was included in an oral report that Dr. Bob England, director of the Pima County Health Department, gave to the supervisors.

England did not provide details about the patient who died, but county sources indicated that the case was of a man who died Tuesday night.

County officials sent out a news release just after 12:30 p.m., following the publication of this report, but provided little detail about the case. The did not indicate why the public announcement of the death was delayed, and did not include the date the man died in their brief news release.

Noting that "to protect this person and their family's privacy the Health Department will only provide the following information," officials said that "This person was a male in his 70s with other health conditions that may have put him at higher risk."

"It is an upsetting reality that we will continue to see the number of cases and, sadly deaths, continue as we confront this outbreak,” said Paula Mandel, deputy director of the Health Department, said in the release. "Please remember, we all have a role to play in protecting people who are at high risk for severe outcomes, protecting our healthcare system from being overrun, and protecting ourselves to keep those around us safe."

"We need to act like every contact we have is a source of infection," county Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francisco Garcia told the Board of Supervisors on Thursday, telling everyone to reduce their interactions outside their homes as much as possible.

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The second death here is apparently included in the ongoing statewide tally that has reached 8 deaths from coronavirus in Arizona.

A woman in her 50s with "underlying health conditions" was the first person in Pima County to die due to COVID-19, officials said Monday evening.

Officials did not publicly provide further details about the case, including when the woman died. But separate medical and government sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the woman died Monday morning at a Tucson hospital.

More than 500 Arizonans now have recorded positive tests for COVID-19. 8 have died, as reported cases again grew overnight. 75 Pima County residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus, with two deaths here.

Eight people have died in the state from COVID-19, including 2 in Pima County — the latest of those deaths was announced Thursday morning. Four people have died in Maricopa County. Officials are now saying the virus has reached "widespread transmission" across the state.

The rate of reported spread slowed somewhat, but recorded cases still continued to climb. Diagnosed cases had been increasing by 50 percent day after day, but the figures released Wednesday and Thursday mornings were about 25 percent larger than the previous day's total.

The total number of tests being run on Arizona patients is still not known to the press or public.

Thursday morning, state officials reported that 508 patients in Arizona had tested positive for the disease. Wednesday morning, 401 Arizona residents were reported as positive. Tuesday, there were 326 reported cases, with 235 on Monday. Sunday, that figure was 152.

State officials have been releasing daily data summaries just after 9 a.m. each day. County information generally comes later in the day.

A majority of cases in Pima and Maricopa counties are younger than 60.

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Limited data on limited tests

Health officials have repeatedly said that the number of reported cases is just a fraction of the number of Arizonans who are carrying COVID-19. With limited testing capacity still, only the sickest people with known possible coronavirus contacts have been being tested.

Many people carry the virus without developing symptoms for days, but still spread it to others they come in contact with — which is why doctors and public health experts repeatedly emphasize that people should remain at home as much as possible to help contain the outbreak.

Read more about statewide testing.

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From the Pima County Health Department:

If you are sick – stay home. Most people, even those who have COVID-19, have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider and contact them if your symptoms become more severe.

If you are well – protect yourself. Wash your hands often, especially after being in and touching things in public spaces, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.