Health Department announces 16th coronavirus-related death in Wyoming

Vials with samples taken for the new coronavirus are seen April 2 before they are prepared for RNA testing at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. A Fremont County woman became the 16th fatality statewide from the coronavirus.

Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

A Fremont County woman has died after contracting COVID-19, the Wyoming Health Department announced Friday.

The woman is the 16th person to die after contracting the virus since the pandemic appeared in Wyoming in mid-March.

The patient was an older woman who had been in the hospital and had certain health conditions that put her at higher risk of severe disease in connection with the virus. She is the seventh person from Fremont County to died from the disease. The county has experienced the most coronavirus-related deaths in Wyoming.

The death is the ninth related to coronavirus in the last two weeks. Deaths have been announced on four consecutive days.

To date, Wyoming has recorded more than 680 confirmed cases of coroanvirus, with more than 200 additional probable cases, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

To limit the virus’ spread, Gov. Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist began implementing restrictions in March, including the closures of schools and many businesses and limitations on gatherings.

While in-person schooling remained closed through the spring semester, many businesses have reopened, albeit with restrictions, and groups of up to 250 people are allowed to gather outdoors as of Monday.

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A second person tied to a coronavirus outbreak at Washakie County nursing home has died. New cases were reported in Washakie, Fremont, Albany and Natrona counties.

Every Wyoming county has now had a confirmed coronavirus case.

Twenty-one new confirmed coronavirus recoveries were announced Monday. 

Eleven of the new cases were confirmed in Washakie County, site of an outbreak at a Worland assisted-living center. 

“It’s a shot to the gut,” said Tom Jones, the event’s general manager.

The new confirmed cases come from Albany, Fremont, Natrona, Sweetwater and Washakie counties.

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Roughly 300 tests of staff, patients and children at two care facilities in Casper unearthed no new cases of the coronavirus.

It’s unclear whether Cheyenne Frontier Days, the state’s biggest entertainment event, will happen this year.

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