Johnson County has first COVID-19 related death in Wyoming

Posted at 12:27 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 20:21:46-04

Johnson County has Wyoming’s first COVID-19 related death in the state.

The Johnson County Healthcare Center, in a release Monday, said Wyoming Health officials announced Monday afternoon that Johnson County experienced the first COVID-19 related death in Wyoming late last week.

Sheridan Media reports the patient, an older male that resided in Johnson County, was treated at the JCHC, and had serious underlying medical conditions and comorbidities.

He was hospitalized for one day before his death.

JCHC CEO Sean McCallister, in the release, said “First and foremost, JCHC wants to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the patient. While we have yet to experience the magnitude of outbreak in Johnson County as some larger cities across the U.S., a related death is very sobering.”

The healthcare center has taken appropriate measures to protect its caregiver team and others who encountered the patient, and follow-up is underway with state and local health departments, including identifying and communicating with close contacts of the patient.

According to new numbers released Monday by the Wyoming Department of Health, Wyoming now has 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4 probable cases; 138 recovered cases and now one death.

There have been 5,571 tests performed so far in the state.

Johnson County has 11 confirmed cases with two pending results.

Ten of the positive cases have recovered and one has died.