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Northern Arapaho member dies of coronavirus, is state’s 27th death from virus | Wyoming News


This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.

Another member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe has died of the novel coronavirus, a spokesman for the tribe announced Monday.

The woman was described in a news release as a “well-respected and loved elder who committed her life to our Creator. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who exemplified that love, comfort, peace, and caring to all of our people. She was very devoted to our Creator and her family.”

She is the state’s 27th fatality from the disease and among 11 deaths from the Northern Arapaho, who account for more than a third of the fatalities in Wyoming. The 11 Fremont County residents who have died after contracting the virus are the most in the state.

“This virus has taken so much from us, and every death leaves a hole in our Tribe that cannot be filled,” Lee Spoonhunter, the chairman of the tribe’s Business Council, said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire Business Council, we grieve for the victim and pray that our Creator help ease the pain of her family and friends.”

The tribe has a shelter-in-place order in effect. It’s the only such order in the state. 

Fremont County and the tribe in particular have been hit hard by the virus. As of Monday, 418 residents of the county have contracted the virus, plus 57 others who likely have the disease. A total of 366 people have recovered in Fremont County.

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