The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wyoming went up by five on Monday, the same day the state saw its first death attributed to the illness.
The Wyoming Department of Health said new cases were reported in Fremont, Laramie and Sweetwater Counties.
The number of people to have recovered from COVID-19 since it surfaced in Wyoming also went up slightly to total 140 by Monday afternoon.
As of Monday’s update from the Department of Health, Laramie County had 60 cases; Teton County had 56; Fremont County had 41; Natrona County had 33; Sheridan County had 12; Campbell and Johnson had 11; Sweetwater had nine; Converse had eight; Albany, Lincoln and Washakie had five; Carbon and Uinta had four, and Crook and Goshen had three. Big Horn, Hot Springs, Niobrara, Park and Sublette counties each had one case.
The death was reported in Johnson County and the patient was identified as an older male with underlying health issues that made him susceptible to coronavirus complications.
“While we’ve learned most people who are infected are able to recover at home without medical care, we also know people who are aged 65 and older and people who have medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and weak immune systems are more likely to experience complications and become severely ill,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state’s health officer.