JACKSON, Wyo. – A Fremont County resident previously identified as one of Wyoming’s laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases has died, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

The newly confirmed death involves an older hospitalized woman who had existing conditions that put her at a higher risk of serious illness related to the virus. There have now been 8 reported deaths, 559 lab-confirmed cases and 182 probable cases reported so far from across Wyoming.

WDH recommendations to help slow the spread of illness include:

  • Follow current public health orders.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid contact with other people unless you need medical attention.
  • Follow common-sense steps such as washing your hands often and well; covering your coughs and sneezes; and cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.

Disease symptoms, which may appear 2 to 14 days after virus exposure, include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.