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Another 23 deaths, including one in Teton County, have been linked to the coronavirus, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.

However, the department also said that the number of active cases in the state fell again, leaving two counties with no active cases.

The department said the deaths occurred between January and within the last week, and most involved older adults. The deaths bring to 647 the number of Wyoming fatalities tied to COVID-19.

Among deaths reported Tuesday were seven Laramie County residents, five men and two women, and four Natrona County residents, two men and one woman.

Other deaths included a Teton County man, a Big Horn County woman, two Campbell County men, a Converse County woman, a Crook County man, a Fremont County woman, a Goshen County man, a Park County man and woman, a Sheridan County woman and a Sweetwater County woman.

Meanwhile, Crook County became the second in the state behind Hot Springs County to report no active coronavirus cases this week as the number of active cases in the state fell. On Tuesday, the state reported 797 active COVID-19 cases, the lowest number seen since Sept. 22.

Teton County continues to have the most reported infections in the state with 159 active cases as of Tuesday. Fremont County had 105; Natrona County had 83; Sheirdan had 68; Laramie had 53; Sweetwater had 48; Uinta had 42; Park had 34; Campbell and Carbon had 33; Albany had 30; Big Horn had 24; Lincoln had 23; Converse had 17; Platte had 11; Goshen and Sublette had 10; Weston had eight; Washakie had four, and Johnson and Niobrara had one.

Statewide, new cases brought to 52,830 the number of people diagnosed with confirmed or probable coronavirus cases since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in March. Of those, 51,386 have been deemed recovered, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

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Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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