Gila County Health and Emergency Management reported yesterday the 18th case is “a resident of Payson, female in her 60s. Transmission is by close contact with a known positive case, who is also a resident of Payson. Our public health disease investigators are currently investigating the case and have begun reaching out to close contacts.”
Sadly, today they announced the 19th case is the County’s first death. The deceased is a male resident of Payson in his 80s, who had underlying conditions.