Kern County’s first COVID-19 death is 48-year-old Susie Garcia from Delano, according to a close family friend.

The friend said Garcia died at midnight at the Adventist Health Delano Regional Medical Center.

He believes she contracted the virus while visiting family in San Jose recently.

The city of Delano released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

“On behalf of the mayor and councilmembers of the city of Delano, we send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Susie Garcia. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and we hope this serves as a reminder to all of us to take every precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

Garcia leaves behind three adult children, according to the friend.

She was a businesswoman who, until recently, ran her own store in Delano.

Her family has started a GoFundMe page. You can find that account here.