The Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday that COVID-19 caused or contributed to the death of an older Park County resident in late July. The news came as the number of known, active cases …
The Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday that COVID-19 caused or contributed to the death of an older Park County resident in late July. The news came as the number of known, active cases in the county has dropped to the lowest levels in months.
The department said the woman had been exposed to the virus while living at a nursing home in another state and that she died at an out-of-state hospital. The Park County woman was among four coronavirus-related deaths from July and late August that were confirmed by Wyoming Department of Health on Tuesday.
“As she was a permanent resident of Park County, her death is assigned to Park County,” explained Park County Health Officer Dr. Aaron Billin in a Facebook post. “This woman died a few weeks ago, but it took some time for the out-of-state death certificate to find its way to the Wyoming Department of Vital Statistics.”
All four deaths announced by the state on Tuesday were among older residents and two of them had underlying health conditions, according to the release, which made them more susceptible to becoming seriously ill from the novel coronavirus.
There have now been 41 COVID-related deaths among Wyomingites since the start of the pandemic this spring, among some 3,866 confirmed or probable cases.
Among the 186 confirmed and probable cases that have been documented in Park County since March, the death announced on Tuesday “is the only [local] case we are aware of that was infected and diagnosed in another state,” Billin said.
Wyoming Department of Health data listed a total of 40 active cases of COVID-19 in Park County on Tuesday afternoon, but Billin, who is reporting numbers differently, put the count at seven on Tuesday night.