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Friday, 858 new COVID-19 cases reported statewide, record 219 hospitalized

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported 858 new laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 during their 3 pm Friday, Nov. 20 update.

That brings the total to 23,347 since the start of the pandemic. 102 probable cases were also reported on Friday, bringing the total to 3,782.

The state has been adding an average of 606.8 new confirmed cases per day for the last 14 days. On Thursday, Nov. 19, the 14-day average was 570.6 such cases.

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21 additional COVID-19 related deaths among Wyoming residents, including 9 Natrona County resident were reported on Thursday. The WDH reports a total of 176 COVID-19 related deaths among the state’s residents since the pandemic began.

The WDH reported 158 new lab confirmed cases in Natrona County on Friday. The total stands at 3,381 since the start of the pandemic. Natrona saw ten new probable cases reported Friday, bringing the total to 701.

As of Friday, morning, Wyoming’s effective reproduction rate of the virus stood at 1.14, according to Rt.live. The number reflects the average number of new cases each case is expected to create. Anytime the effective reproduction rate is above 1.0, COVID-19 is expected to spread quickly.

The WDH reported 219 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across Wyoming on Friday, ten more than were reported Thursday. That is also nine more than the previous record of 210 reported Wednesday. COVID hospitalizations crossed the 200 mark for the first time on Saturday, Nov 14.

1,212 new recoveries from a lab confirmed case were reported Friday, for a total of 14,029. An additional 200 probable case recoveries were also reported for a total of 2,287. 1,382 people with a lab confirmed case and 326 people with a probable case have recovered in Natrona County; a combined 189 new recoveries in the last 24 hours.

County-specific COVID-19 information is available from the Wyoming Department of Health. Total lab confirmed cases in each county (with probable cases in parentheses) are as follows:

  • Albany 2,524 (221)
  • Big Horn 369 (39)
  • Campbell 2,213 (206)
  • Carbon 478 (48)
  • Converse 335 (193)
  • Crook 245 (21)
  • Fremont 2,401 (333)
  • Goshen 439 (48)
  • Hot Springs 94 (9)
  • Johnson 162 (73)
  • Laramie 3,192 (663)
  • Lincoln 483 (78)
  • Natrona 3,223 (691)
  • Niobrara 24 (59)
  • Park 1,026 (113)
  • Platte 180 (100)
  • Sheridan 1,233 (253)
  • Sublette 240 (95)
  • Sweetwater 1,186 (83)
  • Teton 1,264 (34)
  • Uinta 660 (209)
  • Washakie 225 (49)
  • Weston 293 (62)


The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:


What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org


  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.