CHEYENNE — Since Friday, Wyoming has added three more confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus related deaths and 36 more confirmed positive cases to its total.
According to the Wyoming Department of Heath’s May 18 report, Wyoming currently has 577 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, 189 probable, 504 recovered and 10 deaths. Since Friday, the amount of deaths increased by three, while the number of positive cases increased by 36, probable cases increased by 14, and recoveries increased by eight.
The eighth death was an older Fremont County woman who was hospitalized and previously identified as COVID-19 patient. The woman had existing conditions that put her at higher risk of serious illness related to the virus, the WDH states.
The ninth and 10th deaths, which occurred in Colorado in March and April, were reported May 18 after the Wyoming’s Vital Statistics Services Office was notified. An older woman from Carbon County, who had existing conditions that put her at higher risk of serious illness related to the virus, died in late April. An older man from Laramie County also died in late March, but it is unclear whether he had higher risk-related conditions. Neither had been included previously in Wyoming’s case count.
“The recent death of a member of the Northern Arapaho tribe and the two additional deaths that occurred in March and April are sad reminders of the serious, ongoing impact of COVID-19,” Governor Mark Gordon said. “My thoughts are with each of these individuals’ families. I want to urge all Wyoming residents to continue taking the necessary steps to minimize the spread of this virus.”
“When Wyoming residents pass away in another state from a disease such as COVID-19, it is a widely accepted practice to track those deaths based on the location of the person’s permanent residence,” Guy Beaudoin, WDH deputy state registrar, said.
Also reported over the weekend was the discovery of several COVID-19 positive cases at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. So far, five staff members and four residents have been identified at the long-term care facility in Washakie County. Lab testing at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory confirmed most of the known cases, with more results pending.
Sweetwater County saw a change over the weekend, when a Rock Springs man tested positive for COVID-19, taking the county’s total to 16 cases and seven probable.
On May 16, the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County was notified by private lab that a Rock Springs man in his 50s tested positive for the virus. He is in good condition and is isolating at home, according to Sweetwater County Public Health.
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What to do if you feel sick: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, like a temperature of 100 or greater or a cough, DO NOT go to the Emergency Room.
Please call your primary care provider or either Castle Rock Medical Center (Green River) at 307-872-4590 or Memorial Hospital’s Triage Line (Rock Springs) at 307-522-8523. The hotline is available 24/7.
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- Social Distancing – Stay 6 feet apart from others and
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- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you sneeze or cough and then throw the tissue away. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched areas. For example: door knobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, tables, keyboards, phones, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands.
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