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Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

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A third death has been connected to a coronavirus outbreak at a Washakie nursing home.

The woman had been previously identified as COVID-19-positive through a lab test. The Wyoming Department of Health reported that 12 residents and 10 staff members have tested positive for the virus.

The woman is the third resident to die from COVID-19. The disease can be transmitted by infected people who don’t yet have symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after virus exposure and include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

Her death brings Wyoming's total to 14. The state has seen 653 lab-confirmed cases and 207 probable cases so far, according to the Health Department. 

People who live and work in Teton County can get tested Thursday during a community testing event at the fairgrounds.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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