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Contra Costa County health officials confirmed Friday morning the county’s first death related to the novel coronavirus.

The patient, in their 70s, died Thursday in a hospital in the county, according to a release from Contra Costa Health Services.

The person was not identified, but officials said the patient had a pre-existing condition that put them at higher risk of serious illness from the Covid-19 virus, and a history of recent overseas travel.

As of Thursday evening, there were 42 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Contra Costa County.

A media briefing to update the public is set for 10 a.m. at the health services office of the director, 1220 Morello Ave. in Martinez

The briefing will be live-streamed on the CCHS Facebook page.

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