Southern Utah University student dies of COVID-19

Student was last enrolled in June, interim university president said.

(CDC via AP) This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

A former Southern Utah University student died of COVID-19 last week, the university announced Friday.

According to an email sent to the campus community from Mindy Benson, the university’s interim president, the individual was last enrolled at SUU in June. The student died last week, but the university first learned Thursday that the death was due to COVID-19.

“We also understand there were underlying health conditions,” Benson wrote in the email. “Due to privacy and respect for the student’s family, we will not be sharing any further details. ... On behalf of Southern Utah University, we share our heartfelt condolences.”

Benson said the school is also “working to support the family and friends of this former student with resources they need.”