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Wyoming announces 17th coronavirus death




Nurse Cristina Gonzalez takes a nasal swab to be sent for COVID-19 testing at a drive-up clinic in Arapahoe in April. Eight Fremont County residents have now died after contracting coronavirus.



Cayla Nimmo, Star-Tribune


The Wyoming Department of Health announced the state’s 17th death of a coronavirus patient Sunday afternoon.

The newest death is a woman from Fremont County who was previously counted as one of Wyoming’s laboratory-confirmed patients.

The woman was an adult, but the department did not give any further information about her age. She was hospitalized and did not have any known conditions that would have put her at higher risk of suffering the worst effects of COVID-19.

Eight Fremont County residents have died after contracting the virus, the most of any Wyoming county.

The county also has the most confirmed cases of the virus.

To date, Wyoming has recorded nearly 700 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 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 June 1.

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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.

A Fremont County woman has died after contracting COVID-19.

Every Wyoming county has now had a confirmed coronavirus case.

“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.

More than 71.8 percent of confirmed patients have fully recovered.

Starting the freezes a month earlier could save the city an additional $120,000 over the next year.

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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