CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The number of Wyoming residents killed by the coronavirus rose by four while one of the state’s biggest school districts reported that an employee tested positive for the virus.

The deaths of three people from Sheridan County and one from Natrona County brought Wyoming’s COVID-19 death toll to 46, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Monday.

Three of the deaths occurred recently and one was in August, department officials said in a statement that didn’t specify when the four died.

The increase came as the school district in Cheyenne announced an employee at McCormick Junior High School tested positive for the coronavirus.

It was the first known positive case among students or employees in the district since school began Aug. 31, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

The school district didn’t identify the employee. School officials notified staff and families of students who may have been in contact with the employee, the school district said in a statement Tuesday.

Short-term school closure and isolation of students and staff will be possible under a coronavirus response plan, district officials said.

Wyoming as of Tuesday had about 500 active cases of the coronavirus. The number has been relatively steady since early July.

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