Wyoming’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 20 | News in Wyoming
Wyoming’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 20 |  News in Wyoming

Wyoming’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 20 | News in Wyoming

Star-Tribune staff

Twenty more Wyomingites have died of COVID-19, the Wyoming Department of Health reported Tuesday.

There have now been 1,769 coronavirus-caused deaths in Wyoming since the pandemic arrived here in March 2020.

The new deaths affect seven of Wyoming’s 23 counties. Albany, Carbon and Converse counties had one death each. Campbell, Sheridan and Uinta counties each reported two deaths. There were three deaths in Fremont County and four deaths in both Laramie and Park counties.

Ten of the people whose deaths were announced in the past week already had pre-existing health conditions that put them at risk for more serious illness as a result of COVID-19. Sixteen of the 20 were hospitalized, two outside the state, while four were residents of long-term care facilities.

Last week, eight COVID deaths were reported in the state.

Eight of the recently announced deaths occurred in March. Twelve took place in February.

The state does not include a death in its COVID-19 number unless the virus is listed on the patient’s death certificate as either the cause of death or a contributing factor. There is often a delay between when deaths occur and when deaths are reported due to the time it takes for death certificates to be processed.

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Overall, the number of deaths in Wyoming correlates with the rise and fall of cases in the state, often after a few weeks of changes in infection and hospitalization rates.

The death toll dropped dramatically last spring. But as cases rose in late last summer and early fall, weekly updates on COVID-19 deaths also rose.

On Tuesday, 21 people were admitted to COVID-19 in Wyoming. That number rose towards the end of January, but has fallen significantly since the beginning of February.

Last year’s COVID-19 increase was driven by the delta variant, which is more contagious and causes more serious disease than the first strain of COVID-19 that appeared here. But the delta is no longer the dominant tribe in Wyoming. The Omicron variant has overtaken it. The Omicron strain, which is now responsible for most of Wyoming’s new cases, appears more contagious than delta, but studies suggest it causes less severe symptoms.

Wyoming’s vaccination rate follows most of the country. Nationwide, the state has the second lowest proportion of fully vaccinated residents.

About 51% of the state is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and about 58% of people have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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