By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Three deaths have been added to the number of Wyoming residents who have died from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 33.
According to a news release from the Wyoming Department of Health on Monday, the new deaths included a Goshen County woman who had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness but who had not been hospitalized for treatment of the illness.
An older Sheridan County man who died in July was also counted among Wyoming’s fatalities. He was being cared for in a Montana long-term care facility at the time of his exposure to the illness and death.
The third victim was an older Platte County man who died in a Florida long-term care facility in July. He was exposed to the virus there.
Meanwhile, the recent coronavirus-related death of a man in a Sheridan County hospital won’t be added to Wyoming’s total as it was determined the man was an out-of-state resident, the department said.
Deaths associated with the virus are being counted by WDH in the same manner as influenza-related deaths have long been reported in Wyoming.
Deaths among Wyoming residents are added to the state’s coronavirus-related death total based on the location of a person’s permanent residence and official death certificate information.
If the disease didn’t cause or contribute to the person’s death, that person’s death isn’t reflected in Wyoming’s count of coronavirus-related deaths even if the person is known to have tested positive for the virus.