Wyoming nursing home resident dies; 12th coronavirus-related death in state

Wyoming nursing home resident dies; 12th coronavirus-related death in state

A Washakie County nursing home resident has died, the Wyoming Department of Health reported Thursday. 

The resident was an older man who lived at Worland Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, which is experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus, the health department said. 

Testing at that facility has so far identified five cases among staff and six cases among residents, according to the state health department. 

To date, Wyoming has recorded more than 600 confirmed cases of coroanvirus, with nearly 200 additional probable cases, according to the health department.

Twelve residents have died after contracting COVID-19.

To limit the virus' spread, Gov. Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist in March ordered the closure of schools and many businesses where people congregate, including bars, gyms and hair salons.

Gyms and personal care establishments were able to reopen with some restrictions May 1. The state has also allowed restaurants to open again — with conditions. And on May 15, the state allowed an order limiting public gatherings to 10 people or less was allowed to expire in favor of one setting the limit at 25.

The orders — and the economic hardship they've caused — prompted some protests, though not on the scale seen in other states. Gordon has said the reopening of Wyoming is being driven by data, not dates.

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