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The Wyoming Department of Health reported Saturday nine more coronavirus-related deaths, including one in Lincoln County, bringing the state's toll to 114.

At the same time, Teton County's active infections grew to a record high of 130, with 12 new COVID-19 cases reported in the past 24 hours, according to state health department.

St. John's Health currently reports four COVID-19 patients in the primary care unit and two suspected COVID-19-positive patients in the intensive care unit. The hospital also reported Friday that one more patient was transferred to higher care.

The Wyoming Department of Health reports deaths based on official death certificate information and the location of a person’s permanent residence. If death certificates do not describe COVID-19 as either causing or contributing to a person’s death, those deaths are not included in Wyoming’s count. Due to the process of waiting for death certificates many of the deaths reported Saturday occurred in October. Three happened in the last week while six occurred last month. 

All but one of the Wyoming residents who died had been hospitalized. Three were nursing home residents. 

The newly reported deaths included a: 

  • Lincoln County woman, who was hospitalized and died late last month.
  • Laramie County man, who was a resident of a long-term care facility, was hospitalized and died last month. 
  • Campbell County man, who was hospitalized and died within the last week. 
  • Carbon County man, who was a resident of a long-term care facility, had been hospitalized and died late last month. 
  • Converse County woman, who had been hospitalized and died last month.
  • Natrona County man, who was a resident of a long-term care facility, not hospitalized and died late last month.
  • Sheridan County man, who was hospitalized and died late last month. 
  • Sheridan County woman, who was hospitalized and died within the last week.
  • Uinta County man, who was hospitalized and died within the last week. 

The recent explosion in cases convinced the Teton County Health Department to change the county’s risk level to red this week. The state has also halted contact tracing efforts as COVID-19 cases swamp public health operations. Wyoming reported nearly 1,000 new cases in a single day on Friday. 

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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Linda Williams

I think teton county residents deserve an explanation as to this huge local increase in covid19 cases. We can assume it’s NOT tourists this time of year. How about some more detailed reporting please. Thanks

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