Heartbreaking photos show elderly couple separated by coronavirus quarantine

The husband is stuck in quarantine at his long-term care facility in a hot spot in the U.S. coronavirus outbreak.
Image: Gene Campbell talks through a window with his wife of more than 60 years, Dorothy Campbell, at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland
Gene Campbell talks through a window with his wife of more than 60 years, Dorothy Campbell, at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.DAVID RYDER / Reuters
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Striking new photos show an 88-year-old woman speaking to her husband through a window as he sits in isolation at a Washington state nursing home where at least five people have died from coronavirus.

Dorothy Campbell was pictured looking through the glass at her husband of more than 60 years, Gene Campbell, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland. The Seattle-area nursing home is at the epicenter of the state's coronavirus outbreak and a focal point as the virus spreads nationwide.

Dorothy Campbell waves while talking through a window to Gene Campbell, her husband of more than 60 years, at the Life Care Center of Kirkland.DAVID RYDER / Reuters

Campbell's son, Charlie, a retired nurse from New Mexico, had taken her to visit her husband, one of the home's 100-plus residents who are in quarantine there.

According to the King County Public Health Department, at least five elderly residents of the long-term care facility have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Overall, 13 people in Washington state have died, according to NBC News' latest numbers.

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Outside the building on Thursday, several families held a rally and press conference to air their concerns about the facility.

Kevin Connolly, whose father-in-law is a resident at Life Care Center, speaks during a press conference held by family of residents of the nursing home, where some patients have died from COVID-19, in Kirkland, Washington, on March 5.AFP via Getty Images

"We have been complaining for days about the lack of information," Kevin Connolly, whose father-in-law is a resident at the center, told local NBC affiliate KING-TV. He added many families had learned about the outbreak on the news.

Campbell, wearing slippers and using a cane, appeared to use a phone to talk her husband through the window Thursday. Campbell lives in Bothell, Washington, about 8 miles north of where her husband lives at the long-term care facility.

Dorothy has been married to her husband for more than 60 years.JASON REDMOND / AFP - Getty Images

Life Care Center issued a statement on Thursday, saying staff 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."

"We grieve with the families who have lost loved ones; people who were important members of our professional family," Beecher Hunter, the president of Life Care Centers of America, said in the statement. "Life is sacred and precious, and when it is lost, a little bit of those in their circle of friends dies with them."