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First COVID-19 Death reported by Ute Indian Tribe, Tri-County Health Department

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FORT DUCHESNE, Utah – The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation on Monday reported the first COVID-19-related death in the Uintah Basin.

The victim is a female older than 60 and was diagnosed with the coronavirus July 31, according to a news release.

She was being treated in Provo and was a resident of the Fort Duchesne community. The news release stated she had underlying medical conditions and was admitted to the hospital several days before she died on Saturday.

This is the first COVID-19 death on the Ute Indian Reservation and in the Tri-County area, which includes Daggett, Duchesne and Uintah Counties.

The Tri-County Health Department has reported 197 cases of COVID-19 and 17 hospitalizations since the pandemic started.

For more information, go to the Utah COVID-19 website, which includes information on how to prevent the spread and recognize the symptoms of the disease.

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