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SACATON -- A member of the Gila River Indian Community died Saturday from complications related to the coronavirus, the tribe said in a press release.

The patient, a 53-year-old woman, was the first member of the tribe to die from COVID-19. She had underlying health conditions and died after a prolonged stay in an area hospital intensive care unit, said Dr. A.J. Santiago, chief medical officer for Gila River Health Care.

As of Monday morning, Arizona had 2,456 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, up from 2,269 reported Sunday morning. The state experienced one more death since Sunday, bring the statewide total to 65.

Pinal County now has 106 confirmed cases, up from 103 reported Sunday by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

It is not known if the Gila River woman who died was a resident of Pinal or Maricopa County. GRIC extends into both counties.