By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The number of coronavirus-related deaths has gone up to 50, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Wednesday.
An older Big Horn County man died last week after being hospitalized for treatment in another state following virus exposure in Wyoming. He was known to have health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to the coronavirus.
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 don’t describe the coronavirus as either causing or contributing to a person’s death, those deaths aren’t included in Wyoming’s count of coronavirus-related deaths.
Among Wyoming residents, there have now been 50 coronavirus-related deaths, 4,231 lab-confirmed cases and 785 probable cases reported since the pandemic began.