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The Wyoming Department of Health reported a new coronavirus-related death late Saturday night, bringing the state’s total to eight.

“The newly confirmed death involves an older hospitalized woman who had existing conditions that put her at higher risk of serious illness related to the virus,” the department said in a press release.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe also announced in a Facebook post Saturday night that “another beloved tribal member” had died due to COVID-19.

The Northern Arapaho Business Council vowed to continue taking actions to fight the pandemic.

“It is imperative we work together to protect ourselves and others,” the council said in its post. “Our beloved tribal member’s memory will live on.”

Fremont County and the Northern Arapaho Tribe have been hard hit by the virus. Five of the state’s eight coronavirus-related deaths have come from Fremont County, and three of those from a single family.

With the most aggressive testing in the state, Fremont County has reported 202 confirmed cases and another 21 probable cases. Statewide, Wyoming has reported 566 lab-confirmed and 188 probable cases.

On Saturday, Teton County reported one new lab-confirmed case, bringing the county’s total to 69 lab-confirmed and 31 probable cases.

Sunday morning, the Wyoming Department of Health reported COVID-19 cases were confirmed in a Washakie County nursing home, including five among staff and four positive cases in residents. More results are pending.

“We know the residents of these places are among the most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 and we have seen terrible situations occur in other nursing homes across the country,” Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health, said in a statement. “We also recognize that the nature of long-term care facilities can make it very challenging to control the spread of the virus once it’s been introduced into a specific location.”

Teton County is encouraging anyone experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested. Vouchers are available to help cover the cost for individuals who can’t afford a test. Contact the health department by calling 307-733-6401.

Those experiencing symptoms should call their primary care doctor or the St. John’s Health hotline at 307-739-4898, option 1, for a phone evaluation. Many insurance plans cover the cost of active disease testing, according to the county health department.

To help slow the spread of the illness, the state health department recommends following public health orders; staying home and avoiding contact with others when sick; washing hands and sanitizing surfaces; wearing cloth face coverings in public when physical distancing is difficult; and for vulnerable populations, avoiding close contact situations.

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

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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Marion Dickinson

Excellent points! I think the docs are right! Keep sick people inside and as amuch as possible, keep hearth folks outside.

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