Sweetwater County woman dies after contracting COVID
The Green River woman is the second COVID patient from Sweetwater County to die this week.
July 16, 2020
A Sweetwater County woman died Wednesday, eight days after testing positive for COVID-19, health officials there announced Thursday.
The woman was in her 90s and lived in Green River, according to an announcement from the Sweetwater County District Board of Health. She is the second Sweetwater County resident to die from the disease this week.
Wyoming has now recorded 23 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
She initially tested positive on July 7 and was in fair condition while managing her symptoms at home, the announcement states. Her condition deteriorated and her symptoms, which included body aches, fatigue and a cough, worsened enough that she was admitted to the hospital on Saturday. She died Wednesday afternoon.
The woman suffered from pre-existing health conditions that are known to put people at higher risk of serious illness or medical complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Sweetwater County's first death occurred on Monday evening, when a Rock Springs man in his 70s died. That death was announced Tuesday.
The man and woman were among three patients hospitalized this week at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County for treatment after contracting COVID-19.
The two deaths have occurred amid a surge in new cases that began in early June. Southwest Wyoming has been hit particularly hard by the spike. Sweetwater County, for example, had recorded 80 confirmed cases as of July 1. That figure had risen, as of Wednesday afternoon, to 146.
Neighboring Uinta County also experienced an outbreak that local health officials attributed partially to bar patrons who did not observe social distancing.