A resident of a Natrona County long-term care facility has died, according to a report from the Wyoming Department of Health.
The older man had been previously identified as one of Wyoming’s laboratory-confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. He had been hospitalized and was a resident of Lifecare Center of Casper, a nursing home.
According to the state health department, there have now been 15 coronavirus-related deaths, 665 lab-confirmed cases of the disease and 209 probable cases reported so far.
Health department officials have warned that older people and those with certain health conditions have a higher risk of developing more serious or life-threatening complications if infected with COVID-19.
The disease can be transmitted by infected people who don’t yet have symptoms, and symptoms can appear from two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Those symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.