The woman was pronounced dead when the plane landed in New Mexico, airport officials said Tuesday.
A spokesperson told USA Today that officials at the Albuquerque International Sunport did not learn until later that the woman had been infected with COVID-19, and treated the emergency as they would any other health emergency. It is not clear how long the woman was unresponsive or if she knew she was sick before boarding the flight. The woman is said to have gasped for breath and collapsed inside the flight even before it could take off.
Kitts said staff were unaware the woman had coronavirus at the time.
The unnamed woman passed away on the tarmac while the plane prepared to depart Arizona for the Lone Star State on July 25, BuzzFeed News reports. She died on a jetway, Jenkins said.
Officials are now saying some of these details are incorrect.
It's unknown how many people where on the flight or whether they were notified they might have been exposed to the virus. Meanwhile, 2,036 COVID-19 deaths were reported among people below 34 years of age.
CBS News has reached out to Judge Jenkins' office for more information.
The newly reported cases bring the county's count to 89,987, with a death toll of over 1,000.
While it appears to be an extreme case, the woman's death was disclosed as airlines continue to try to convince potential passengers that flying is safe during the pandemic.
Last week a landmark study on the safety of commercial air travel by the Department of Defense showed that the risk of COVID-19 exposure is "virtually non-existent".
A worker wearing personal protective equipment cleans the passengers cabin of an airplane.