Cochise Health & Social Services has been informed of the first fatality in Cochise County due to COVID-19.

According to county officials, the patient was a male over the age of 65 who had been hospitalized at a medical facility in Tucson.

"The County will not be releasing any further information to protect the privacy of the deceased and his family," said Amanda Baillie, public information officer for Cochise County. "Cochise County’s thoughts are with the family during this time." 

Members of the public are reminded to follow CDC social distancing guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Information and guidelines can be found at




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