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1st death from the coronavirus surfaces in Arizona prisons

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 20:16:29-04

PHOENIX (AP)  — The first fatality from the coronavirus in Arizona prisons came two weeks ago when a 64-year-old inmate with diabetes died at a hospital in Tucson.

Pima County Medical Examiner Gregory Hess said Joseph Assyd died as a result of COVID-19 after suffering a respiratory infection.

Over the last week, corrections officials have declined to say whether any prisoners had died from the virus.

Assyd was serving a life sentence for convictions in 1995 for murder and kidnapping.

Forty-four of the nearly 42,000 Arizona prisoners have tested positive for the virus.