Uinta County man becomes 29th Wyomingite to die from COVID-19
The man was older and had health conditions that put him at higher risk of serious illness from COVID.
August 12, 2020
A Uinta County man has died after contracting the coronavirus, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.
The older man had health conditions that are recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness from the virus, the agency said in a press release. He had been hospitalized.
Twenty-nine Wyoming people have died after contracting the virus since the coronavirus pandemic emerged here in March.
Uinta County was the site of a surge in cases that began in June. At the first of that month, the county had only nine cases. Three weeks later, that number had risen to 120.
At the time, health officials there said many of the new cases can be traced back to parties and gatherings held over Memorial Day Weekend or the weekend following.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Uinta County had 233 confirmed cases and 46 probable cases, according to health department. That was the fifth most among all Wyoming counties. Uinta ranks 10th in the state for population.
Wyoming has identified 2,584 confirmed cases and 489 probable cases. The state has recorded 2,130 confirmed recoveries and 411 probable recoveries.
As of Tuesday, there have been 84,264 tests performed for COVID-19 in Wyoming: 41,063 from the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory and 43,201 reported by other labs.