LARAMIE — The second COVID-19 related death in the state of Wyoming was reported on Wednesday morning according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
A hospitalized Laramie County man, previously identified as a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case, represents Wyoming’s second reported death.
“Unfortunately, we have seen this disease touch another Wyoming family in the worst way,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH. “While anyone can get sick and has a chance of a serious illness with COVID-19, we do know those who are aged 65 and older and people who have certain medical conditions are more likely to experience complications and become severely ill.”
The first reported death was a Johnson County man who had died from COVID-19 complications on Monday. The man was also hospitalized and had health conditions that put him at higher risk of severe illness and complications related to COVID-19.
“Because anyone who is sick can pass COVID-19 on to others, it is critical that everyone do their part to help reduce the spread of this disease,” Harrist said. “Wyoming must take this threat seriously.”
To date, Wyoming has 287 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 164 recoveries.
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