State Reports 17 More Deaths Related to Coronavirus

Governor Gordon references the increase in COVID-19 related deaths in his fiery press conference Friday morning.
Governor Gordon references the increase in COVID-19 related deaths in his fiery press conference Friday morning.

Seventeen more Wyoming residents have died from complications related to COVID-19, according to a Nov. 14 press release from the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). This brings the total of coronavirus-related deaths to 144.

All but one of the deceased were identified as older adults from several counties, including Albany, Crook, Fremont, Laramie, Lincoln, Park, Platte and Natrona. The majority of the patients had been hospitalized with health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious complications from the virus or were residents of long-term care facilities, including five men and women in Natrona County.

This follows a surge in cases statewide that prompted Governor Mark Gordon to hint at increased restrictions to come during a press conference Friday. In a separate letter to the Governor last week, public health officials from all counties requested he implement a state-wide mandatory mask restriction. Thus far, he has not issued this recommendation, though he did not take it off the table entirely.

As of Sunday morning, WDH reported 19,298 cumulative lab-confirmed cases in Wyoming as well an additional 3,196 probable cases. Of this total, just under 12,500 patients have since recovered.

Currently, Campbell County has 1,138 active lab-confirmed cases with 33 of those reported in the past 24 hours, per WDH data. To date, Campbell County has had 1,920 total lab-confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, with 175 additional probables. Of those, 842 have recovered.