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Two more residents from a Washakie County long-term care facility who had tested positive for coronavirus have died, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Friday.

Both deaths were older women who had "health conditions known to put them at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19," the department said in a news release. 

While coping with a COVID-19 outbreak, the Wyoming nursing home has reported six deaths. So far, testing has identified 16 cases among residents and 12 among facility staff.

The Casper-Star Tribune reported Thursday that mass testing is underway at a Dubois assisted-living center after a staff member tested positive earlier this week for the novel coronavirus.

Wyoming is now reporting 20 coronavirus-related deaths, 927 lab-confirmed cases and 246 probable cases.

Teton County reported one new case Friday, bringing its active case count to nine. Teton County has reported 109 cases (lab-confirmed and probable) with 99 recovered and one death. 

Laramie County also reported one new case Friday. Sweetwater County had four new cases. Both Natrona and Uinta counties had five new cases, and Fremont County had six more cases. Park County is shown as having one fewer case.

COVID-19 can be transmitted by infected people who don’t yet have symptoms, the sate health department warns. Disease symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

For information visit the Wyoming Department of Health online.

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

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