PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two COVID-19 patients in Clark County passed away Monday evening, according to 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. Those who were around them, including staff at the care centers the two patients were at, are now in quarantine.
“This is not a time to fear,” said one health official. “This is a time to be pragmatic and follow every precaution.”
The officials urged people to continue following guidelines laid out by health officials and organizations, saying social distancing does work.
The death toll from the new coronavirus in Washington state reached 54 on Tuesday as health officials announced six more fatal cases. Washington leads the country in the number of deaths, with most being associated with a nursing home in Kirkland. By Tuesday, the number of positive cases topped 1,000.
Gov. Jay Inslee imposed strict new rules this week to help slow the spread of COVID-19. He mandated an immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars recreational facilities. He also increased the limits on large gatherings. The new orders went into effect Monday night and will be in place through March 31.
Tips from the Oregon Health Authority:
- Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like bathrooms, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, faucet handles, toys and cell phones.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home and away from others if you are ill.
- After someone contracts COVID-19, illness usually develops within 14 days. Symptoms mirror those of the flu, including fever, cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat and general feelings of illness.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.