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Wyoming COVID-19 death toll tops 1,000

October 6, 2021 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 1,000.

The deaths of 45 more people in recent weeks brought the state’s death toll from the virus to 1,041, according to Wyoming Department of Health figures as of Wednesday.

The latest deaths included eight people from Campbell County, seven from Laramie County, six from Park County, five from Sweetwater County and four from Goshen County, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Fremont, Johnson, Sheridan and Washakie counties each added two deaths. Albany, Big Horn, Hot Springs, Natrona, Platte, Sublette and Uinta counties each added one.

The milestone coincides with a late-summer surge in COVID-19 infections nationwide, while figures show Wyoming is the second-least-vaccinated state behind West Virginia.

Around 96% of those hospitalized with severe COVID-19 in Wyoming are unvaccinated, according to the state health department.

Of those from Wyoming killed by the virus, about 33% were younger than 70. About 64% had health conditions that made them more susceptible to the virus.