A second individual who tested positive for COVID-19 has died in La Paz County, according to authorities.
The person who died was over the age of 80 and had direct, household contact with the previously announced fatal case in the County, according to the La Paz County Health Department on Monday. The person had been hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.
The case highlights much about what has been learned so far about the coronavirus: that it is primarily, though not exclusively, a risk to those with weakened immune systems, especially the elderly, and those with existing health conditions.
As Arizona begins to look at reopening society and letting non-essential businesses reopen to the public, authorities are considering how to do so in a way that prioritizes the health of those at the highest risk. Some have said that there may be a need for those over a certain age to continue to stay home as much as possible, or for continued social distancing to happen as much as possible while the economy reopens.
Data released Monday morning by the Arizona Department of Health Services did not include the new fatality in La Paz County, but said that Arizona’s total identified cases is at 6,716, the majority of which so far are in urban areas. The total number of deaths in the state stands at 275, excluding the new fatality in La Paz County.
Governor Doug Ducey is expected to make an announcement this week on whether the statewide stay-at-home order will be renewed after it expires on Thursday.
The state announced Thursday that anyone who thinks they could be infected can now get tested.