The first employee of Medical Center Health System in Odessa has passed away due to COVID-19.

According to NewsWest 9, the employee was a 49-year-old woman and she passed away on Thursday afternoon.

“Healthcare workers have big hearts and today they are broken as we sent one of our own to her eternal home,” said MCH Chief Nursing Officer Christin Timmons. “COVID-19 has taken the lives of many in our community, but this has shaken the hearts of all our MCH family."

No details were given about the death, but the family and all staff of MCHS have been notified of her passing.