Heartbreaking photos show elderly couple separated due to coronavirus quarantine

These heartbreaking photos show a couple who have been married for more than 60 years separated because of coronavirus.

Gene Campbell, 89, and wife Dorothy, 88, have been left communicating through a window after Gene was quarantined in his nursing home.

Gene is in long-term care at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, where at least four elderly residents have reportedly died of Covid-19.

Dorothy and Gene Campbell have been separated because of coronavirus. (Picture: Reuters)

The pictures emerged as a patient with underlying health conditions became the first person to die in the UK after contracting coronavirus.

Despite Gene being quarantined, his wife Dorothy has still tried to see him, visiting with son Charlie and talking to her husband through a window using phones.

Dorothy Campbell and her son, Charlie Campbell, talk through a window with her husband, Gene Campbell, at the Life Care Center of Kirkland. (Picture: REUTERS/David Ryder)

Families of residents at the care home have complained about a lack of information following the outbreak, as well as conflicting reports from staff. One relative said a woman had been told her mother had died, only to also be told that she was doing well.

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In a statement Beecher Hunter, president of Life Care Centers of America said: “Life Care Center of Kirkland is continuing to provide care for our residents, the facility's highest priority, and our associates, who are our greatest resource in delivering the care.

“Our clinical team is making personal, one-on-one telephone calls with family members to share information about loved ones and respond to questions.

“Communication is vital in the caregiving process and for keeping families abreast of developments in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19).”

There have been several deaths as a result of coronavirus at the care home. (Picture: REUTERS/David Ryder)

He said the company had been working with representatives from the King County Health Department, Washington State Department of Public Health and the CDC, adding: “Current residents and associates continue to be monitored closely.

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“Associates are screened prior to beginning work and upon leaving with a specific screening protocol. Any associate who exhibits symptoms is self-quarantined at home.”