Sweetwater County Reports 12th COVID-19 Death This Afternoon

Sweetwater County Reports 12th COVID-19 Death This Afternoon

A Rock Springs man who passed away at an out-of-state facility between Nov. 29-Dec. 5 became the 12th person Sweetwater County resident to succumb to COVID-19.

ROCK SPRINGS — Sweetwater County has confirmed a 12th COVID-19-related death this afternoon, according to the Sweetwater County District Board of Health.

Sweetwater County Public Health Director Kim Lionberger said the individual passed away at an out-of-state facility during the week of November 29-December 5. The patient has been identified as a Rock Springs man, between the ages of 65-90, according to Lionberger

The deaths of three Rock Springs residents were recorded during the Thanksgiving holiday. Prior to that, six Sweetwater County residents died of COVID-19 between Oct. 31 and Nov. 21. Two COVID-19 deaths occurred in July.

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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.

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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