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2nd Covid-19 related death in Wyoming confirmed

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Published: Apr. 15, 2020 at 10:32 AM CDT
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An older Laramie County man is the second Wyomingite to die from Covid-19.

The man was a patient at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, and had been receiving care for several weeks, according to CRMC President and CEO Tim Thornell.

“We are saddened at this loss and want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of the patient,” Thornell said.

Thornell shared the news with his staff Tuesday night, saying the nurses, doctors and others who had been involved in the man’s care are also grieving.

“I want to commend our providers and employees for the extraordinary care they provided and to let them know how proud we are of their ongoing service and commitment to all our patients during this unprecedented and difficult time.”

The older man represents Wyoming’s second reported death associated with COVID-19. There have been 287 confirmed and 105 probable cases reported so far from across Wyoming.

According to Kim Deti with the WDH, 43 Wyomingites needed to be hospitalized as a result of contracting Covid-19. More than half of those patients have recovered. Deti said there are now roughly 20 hospitalizations in the state.

Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said, “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.”

“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,” she said. “Wyoming must take this threat seriously.”

WDH recommendations include:

· Follow current public health orders, which encourage staying home much as possible.

· Stay home when sick and avoid contact with other people unless you need medical attention.

· Follow common-sense steps such as washing your hands often and well; covering your coughs and sneezes; and cleaning and disinfecting.

Symptoms reported with COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

For more information about COVID-19 from WDH, visit: https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/.

To learn more about State of Wyoming COVID-19 resources and response efforts, visit: https://covid19.wyo.gov/.

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