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First coronavirus death in Wyoming marks a grim national milestone

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Testing for the new coronavirus continued at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory in Cheyenne, pictured here on Thursday, March 12, 2020, the day after Wyoming recorded its first case of the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.

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Pandemic has now killed someone in every U.S. state

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On Monday, the Wyoming Department of Health confirmed the state’s first coronavirus death, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. The least populated state was the last in the union to report a death related to the pandemic.

“This is a sad development we hoped we wouldn’t see in Wyoming and we want this person’s family to know they have our sympathy,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, a state health officer, in a statement.

The state and local health departments said the victim was an older man with other serious health conditions and had tested positive for the coronavirus. The man had been hospitalized for a day when he died last week. 

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, there are 275 known coronavirus cases in Wyoming.

Lawyers to phone in arguments to U.S. Supreme Court

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Patrick Semansky, Associated Press

Next month the United States Supreme Court will hold court via teleconference for the first time. On Monday, the court announced that 10 cases scheduled for May would be argued remotely, according to Reuters. 

“The court anticipates providing a live audio feed of these arguments to news media. Details will be shared as they become available,” said court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg in a statement.

The tradition-rich Supreme Court has bucked at technology in the past — arguments are not video-recorded and audio is not shared live. 

Rulings — typically issued by late June before a summer recess  — may be delayed. Because one of the cases involves President Donald Trump and another the electoral college, it is expected that decisions will be issued before this November’s presidential election.

Tax Day got bumped

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Rushing to finish your 2019 tax return in the next 48 hours? If so, stop worrying. Like major league baseball’s first pitch and college graduations, Tax Day has been postponed.

The IRS has moved the deadline for filing 2019 income tax returns to July 15. The delay, of course, is due to a national prognosis of economic distress caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. 

Mid-July is now the latest America’s taxpayers can file and pay their federal income taxes.

The federal government is also prescribing “economic impact payments” to many individuals and households coping with virus. The first dose of that economic life support — direct deposits to some taxpayers with bank account information on file with the IRS — went out late last week, with more on the way.

Deseret News has previously reported on when you will get your economic stimulus and how much money to expect.

20 NYPD officers have died, almost 20% of the force is out sick

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John Minchillo, Associated Press

Twenty members of the New York City Police Department have died from the coronavirus, CNN reports. The most recent lost, agent Willian Hayes — an Army veteran who’d been with the department for more than three decades — died Sunday.

“Our prayers are with his loved ones and colleagues today and every day,” said NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Twitter Sunday.

Almost 20% of the department, or 6,743 uniformed members, were out sick and nearly 2,800 uniformed and civilians members of the force had tested positive for the virus.

Within the United States, the virus has attacked New York City the hardest. Almost 7,000 of the country’s 22,146 coronavirus deaths have occurred in the the busy and densely packed city, according to a Johns Hopkins tally.