Second Pitkin County COVID-19 death confirmed

Aspen- The Pitkin County Public Health Department, today, confirmed the second death of a Pitkin County resident who tested positive for COVID-19.

The victim, a 55-year-old male, was discovered already deceased by Aspen Police Department officers performing a welfare check on Tuesday, March 25. Confirmation of the infection was received Friday by the Pitkin County coroner.

From Pitkin County Coroner

The Pitkin County Coroner’s office along with the Aspen Police Department investigated the death of a local man Pauli Laukkanen age 55 who died on March 22nd.   The decedents cause of death is Complications of COVID-19 Infection and the manner of death is Natural. The decedent had reported minimal symptoms of night sweats and fever several days before his death.  The decedent was from Sweden but has lived in Aspen for many years and his local friends will be taking care of the funeral arrangements.   

(For Press Only: Questions may be directed to Dr. Ayers, Chief Medical Examiner Pitkin County Coroner’s Office 970-618-3311, Please be patient with responses. )

Second Pitkin County COVID-19 death confirmed