By Jim Angell and Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Four Wyoming residents, including three who were being treated for coronavirus at out-of-state hospitals, have died from the disease, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.
The department said the four were all older individuals who died between June and and August.
- An older Fremont County woman with health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to the virus who died in late August. She’d been hospitalized in another state for treatment;
- An older Washakie County man who died in July after being hospitalized. The man had been exposed to the virus during a previously-identified local nursing home outbreak;
- An older Lincoln County man with underlying health conditions that put him at risk from coronavirus infection who died in late June. He’d been hospitalized in another state for treatment;
- An older Park County woman who died in July in an out-of-state hospital after being exposed to the virus in an out-of-state long-term care facility where she was staying;
According to the WDH, it’s not unexpected to experience delays in reporting deaths among Wyoming residents that occur in other locations.
Deaths among Wyoming residents are added to the state’s coronavirus-related death total based on official death certificate information and the location of the person’s permanent residence.
Deaths among Wyoming residents who pass away in other states are not counted in both states.
If death certificates do not describe the coronavirus as either causing or contributing to a person’s death, those deaths are not included in Wyoming’s count.
WDH reporting of coronavirus-related deaths among Wyoming residents follows the same standards that have long been used by the state for tracking influenza-related deaths.
Among Wyoming residents, there have now been 41 coronavirus-related deaths, 3,282 lab-confirmed cases and 584 probable cases reported.