Clark County resident first reported COVID-19 death in Nevada

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SNHD's Decatur location. (Google Earth photo)
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SNHD’s Decatur location. (Google Earth photo)

A Clark County man in his 60s is the first person known in the state to have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

The man was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions, a spokeswoman said in a news 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.”

The health district says 35 people have tested positive for the disease in Clark County, including the deceased man.  Washoe County has reported nine cases.

No information is available on the additional reported cases.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.