Pitkin County Confirms First COVID-19 Death

Mar 26, 2020

The Pitkin County Public Health Office Tuesday confirmed the first death of a Pitkin County resident due to COVID-19 infection. The victim, a 94-year-old male with serious underlying medical issues, died on March 24 at his home in Aspen. He had been suffering from COVID-like symptoms but had not been diagnosed prior to his death.

Confirmation of the infection was received early Thursday by the Pitkin County coroner. “​Our hearts are heavy having learned of this first death in our community’s struggle against the spread of COVID-19,” ​ said Karen Koenemann, director of Pitkin County Public Health. ​“We especially want the family of the victim to know how sorry we are. We know our community will support each other with kindness and compassion in recognition of the significance of this loss."’

 The Pitkin County Coroner’s office along with the Aspen Police Department investigated the.  The cause of death is complications of COVID-19 Infection and the manner of death is Natural.  The decedent had been ill for three days and had underlying medical conditions. The man's name is being withheld pending the family making notifications and arrangements.

According to Pitkin County Public Health, as of Wednesday, March 25th there were 20 confirmed positive test results with 5 pending. Only one person had been hospitalized at Aspen Valley Hospital.