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120 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Wyo since Friday, including 10 variant cases

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 120 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend during their 3 pm Monday, June 21 update. WDH updates the state dashboard on weekdays only.

There have now been 51,848 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. The WDH reports 321 active confirmed cases in the state. Probable cases rose by 20 Monday to a total of 9,782.

Hospitalizations in Wyoming due to COVID dropped by one since Thursday to 46 on Friday, according to the latest available WDH data. At the Wyoming Medical Center, there were six COVID patients on Friday, the same as Thursday. Hospitalizations peaked in Wyoming on Nov. 30, 2020 at 247.

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No additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported Monday. Nine additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported Tuesday, June 15. 734 Wyoming residents have reportedly died after contracting COVID since the pandemic began.

Natrona County’s confirmed cases increased by 10 Monday, for a total of 6,058 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. Probable cases were remained at 2,139.

As of Monday, there have also been a total of 834 variant cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming detected, up by 10 since Friday. Variant cases involve a mutated form of the virus and some may spread more easily or result in more serious illness.

50,892 people have recovered from a confirmed case along with 9,599 from a probable case.

“A lab confirmed or probable case is defined as recovered when there is resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and there is improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) for 24 hours AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” the WDH says. “Cases with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms are considered recovered when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test and have had no subsequent illness provided they remain asymptomatic.”

WDH Public Information Officer Kim Deti explained that the department marks people as recovered once their isolation order date has expired. People who test positive are asked to remain in isolation until 10 days since their first symptoms or 10 days after their test was taken, or longer if they are still showing symptoms.

If people need to be isolated longer than their initial isolation period, they can contact the WDH who can extend their isolation order. Deti said that in some cases, contact tracing informs whether a case is considered recovered while in others, the department counts someone as covered after their isolation period concludes.

County-specific COVID-19 information is available from the Wyoming Department of Health. Confirmed cases by county are as follows (probable cases in parentheses):

  • Albany: 4,043 (540)
  • Big Horn: 967 (232)
  • Campbell: 4,612 (542)
  • Carbon: 1,466 (158)
  • Converse: 528 (502)
  • Crook: 420 (37)
  • Fremont: 4,447 (836)
  • Goshen: 1,139 (95)
  • Hot Springs: 275 (98)
  • Johnson: 436 (301)
  • Laramie: 8,287 (1,795)
  • Lincoln: 1,203 (215)
  • Natrona: 6,048 (2,139)
  • Niobrara: 72 (90)
  • Park: 2,731 (155)
  • Platte: 447 (225)
  • Sheridan: 2,554 (696)
  • Sublette: 648 (154)
  • Sweetwater: 4,454 (223)
  • Teton: 3,708 (89)
  • Uinta: 1,970 (332)
  • Washakie: 724 (201)
  • Weston: 549 (107)

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.