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Husband-and-wife couple in their 80s were living in separate long-term care facilities.

COURTESY PHOTO: OPB - Dr. Alan Melnick serves as public health director and Clark County health officer.

Two COVID-19 patients in Clark County passed away Monday evening, according to county officials.

These mark the first deaths that the county has seen in the coronavirus crisis. The county's first case was confirmed on March 6. Four total cases have been confirmed since then.

Clark County Public Health officials announced the patients were a husband and wife. Both patients were in their 80s and lived in separate long-term care facilities, but had close contact. They were hospitalized about a week ago, after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Those who were around them, including staff at the care centers, are in quarantine.

"This is not a time to fear," said one health official. "This is a time to be pragmatic and follow every precaution."

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