LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a total of 35 cases in Clark County, which includes the first reported death from COVID-19.
The patient who died was a male in his 60s. He suffered from underlying medical conditions, according to a release.
“This loss of life is a tragedy, and we want to express our condolences to the family,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. "We must continue to emphasize how important it is to protect those who are most vulnerable to the impacts of the virus and urge our community to support the public health measures and recommendations that are in place."
Gov. Steve Sisolak offered his condolences.
I was absolutely heartbroken to learn of our State’s first death related to COVID-19, a day that we knew would happen, but it doesn’t make that reality any less painful or difficult to face. Kathy and I, along with our fellow Nevadans, send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of this individual.
I also want to reiterate that our health care workers and facilities are running on all cylinders to make sure that our patients are receiving the very best care. That is why we are encouraging all Nevadans to take proactive, precautionary measures against this virus. Please practice social distancing, avoid people who are sick, wash your hands often, and seek medical care if you do become ill. We are all in this together, and we will do everything we can as Nevadans to protect ourselves and to protect each other.
The health district is working with FEMA on providing "drive-thru swab pods" meant for testing. SNHD hopes to run 2,000-4,000 tests per week," Dr. Michael Johnson said.
"Everybody should be doing social distancing," Johnson said.
Across the state of Nevada, health district officials have counted at least 45 cases of COVID-19.
Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath and cough. Johnson suggests patients first reach out to their primary care doctors and testing would then be done in a commercial lab.
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"Only go get the necessary things," Johnson said. "Shopping for five times the amount of food you need is not necessary."