In a Facebook post on a personal page, Johnson County Healthcare Center marketing director Marcy Schueler wrote that a Johnson County resident died earlier this week of coronavirus-related causes. That is the second Johnson County resident to die of the coronavirus since the pandemic began in mid-March. No additional information was released about the deceased. 

Also on Friday, three patients with the coronavirus were hospitalized at the Johnson County Healthcare Center, according to data the care center reported to the Wyoming Department of Health. On Wednesday, the hospital admitted a patient with the coronavirus for the first time since April. On Thursday, the number of patients hospitalized in Buffalo with the coronavirus grew to two. 

Statewide, 54 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus on Friday — the second-most since the pandemic began in mid-March. On Thursday, the state set a record with 56 patients hospitalized with the virus.

According to the statewide "dashboard" by the Department of Health, the increase in the number of hospitalizations statewide is "concerning." However, the dashboard indicates that hospital bed and ICU hospital bed availability statewide remains "stable." 

The increase in hospitalizations comes as the state has experienced an uptick in active cases since mid-September. Earlier in the week, the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center warned citizens of an "alarming uptick" in COVID-19 spread in the community. In the press release, the emergency operations center wrote that 41% of the county's cases of the coronavirus have come in the past three weeks. 

The growth in positive cases is attributable to increased spread of the virus. According to statewide testing data provided by the Department of Health, on Sept.1, the rate of positives was 2.13%. Yesterday, that had increased to 7.69%.

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