By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of Wyoming residents whose deaths have been tied to coronavirus has increased to more than 1,000 with Tuesday’s announcement that the deaths of another 45 residents have been linked to the illness.
The Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday that the deaths, reported among residents of 16 counties, brought the total number of fatalities blamed in the illness since it was first detected in Wyoming to 1,041.
Most of the deaths occurred in September and early October, although one was recorded in February.
The victims included eight Campbell County residents, five men and three women, who all died in September or in the last week. Five were hospitalized prior to their deaths.
Seven Laramie County residents were also reported to have died in September, five women and two men. Six were hospitalized prior to their deaths.
Six Park County residents were also among those whose deaths have been linked to COVID, five men and one woman. All died in September except for one man who died in February after being hospitalized in another state.
Five Sweetwater County residents also died, four men and one woman, as did four Goshen County men. Other victims included an Albany County man, a Big Horn County woman, a Fremont County man and woman, a Hot Springs County man, two Johnson County men, a Natrona County woman, a Platte County man, a Sheridan County man and woman, a Sublette County woman, a Uinta County man and a Washakie County man and woman.
The news came as Health Department figures showed the number of active coronavirus cases stood at 3,266 on Tuesday, an increase of 92 from Monday.