Houston Announces First COVID-19 Death

The woman, in her 60s, was not diagnosed with COVID-19 until the autopsy.

The City of Houston announced its first COVID-19 death Thursday, a woman in her 60s.

Dr. David Persse with the Houston Health Department said the woman had traveled and likely been infected before returning to Houston.

"This is a diagnosis that was made at the medical examiner's office. So this individual was not recognized as a COVID-19 positive person until an autopsy," he said at a press conference.

Officials said the woman had underlying health issues and died at a local hospital on Tuesday, March 24.

The health department said it has launched an investigation to identify people she may have had contact with.

Persse said that the medical examiner's office is testing new deaths that they suspect could also be COVID-19 related.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.