Sweetwater County Health Reports 15th COVID-19 Related Death

Sweetwater County Health Reports 15th COVID-19 Related Death

ROCK SPRINGS — Sweetwater County has marked its 15th COVID-19 death, according to the
Sweetwater County District Board of Health.

Sweetwater County Public Health Director Kim Lionberger said a Rock Springs man, age 45-64,
died the week of December 6-12. The state reported he was hospitalized in another state and it is unclear
whether he had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related
to COVID-19.

Deaths among Wyoming residents are added to the state’s coronavirus-related death total based on
official death certificate information and the location of the person’s permanent residence, according
to the Wyoming Department of Health. Deaths among Wyoming residents who pass away in other
states are not counted in both states. If death certificates do not describe COVID-19 as either causing
or contributing to a person’s death, those deaths are not included in Wyoming’s count of coronavirus-
related deaths.

As of this morning, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County reported four hospitalized patients
with COVID-19.

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More health and community updates can be found on the Public Health and Sweetwater Memorial
Facebook pages and at sweetwatermemorial.com, covid19.wyo.gov, and cdc.gov.


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Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Follow Public Health Orders
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings, especially when physical distancing of at least 6 feet isn’t available.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid other people unless you need medical attention.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.
  • Long-term care and healthcare facilities should follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.

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