CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported 26 additional COVID-19 related deaths among Wyoming residents on Monday, Nov. 23.
A total of 202 Wyoming residents have died after contracting COVID since the start of the pandemic. 152 of the deaths have been reported since Sept. 13, around the time when the state started to see a surge in COVID-19 cases.
When new COVID deaths are added to the state’s total, the Wyoming Department of Health generally release details regarding each case, such as whether the person had underlying health conditions, their general age and whether the person was hospitalized.
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However, the WDH had not released such information as of 4:15 pm Monday. Oil City will provide that information when it becomes available.
“Deaths among Wyoming residents are added to the state’s total based on official death certificate information,” the WDH says. “If death certificates do not describe COVID-19 as either causing or contributing to a person’s death, those deaths are not included in Wyoming’s count.”
72.3% of the Wyoming residents who have died after contracting COVID had some type of pre-existing health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease. 4% had no underlying health conditions.
The WDH says it is unknown in 23.8% of cases whether the person had underlying health conditions.
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: email@example.com
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.