CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two Wyoming residents who died of the coronavirus in Colorado have been added to Wyoming’s count of fatalities from the illness.
The change brought Wyoming’s total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 10, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Monday.
An older woman from Carbon County died in Colorado in late April. The woman had other health conditions that made her more susceptible to the illness.
An older man from Laramie County died in Colorado in late March, which would make him the first person from Wyoming known to die from the virus.
It wasn’t known if the man had health conditions putting him at higher risk.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
Wyoming as of Monday had 766 confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus. Of those, 504 had recovered.
Wyoming tied with Alaska for the fewest coronavirus deaths of any state and ranked lower than all but Hawaii in COVID-19 deaths per capita. Colorado, which has almost 10 times more people than Wyoming, has had over 1,200 deaths.
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