CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported 119 new confirmed COVID-19 cases during its 3 p.m. Friday, July 30 update.
The new confirmed cases reported Friday brought the total to 54,395 since the pandemic began. 53 additional probable cases were reported Friday, bringing the total to 10,732.
According to WDH data, on average there have been 78.3 new cases confirmed daily over the last 14 days, the highest rate of new cases since February 19.
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There are 703 active confirmed cases in Wyoming, 18 more than on Thursday. 136 of those are in Laramie County, along with 33 in Natrona County.
The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variants in the state remained at 1,502 Friday. Variant cases involve a mutated form of the virus and some may spread more easily or result in more serious illness.
The number of COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals dropped to 60 on Friday from 61 on Thursday, according to WDH data. 21 of the COVID patients were at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, five fewer than on Thursday. There number of COVID patients at the Wyoming Medical Center rose by two to 11.
No additional COVID-related deaths were reported Friday. 776 Wyoming residents have died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Natrona County saw five new confirmed cases reported on Friday. There have been 6,164 confirmed cases in the county since the pandemic began. The probable case count in Natrona County rose by 15 to 2,280. Laramie County saw 18 new confirmed cases reported on Friday.
53,027 people have recovered from a confirmed case, along with 10,353 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 after their first symptoms, 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 recovered after their isolation period ends.
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: 4,206 (568)
- Big Horn: 1,007 (239)
- Campbell: 4,774 (559)
- Carbon: 1,570 (195)
- Converse: 572 (573)
- Crook: 438 (38)
- Fremont: 4,582 (879)
- Goshen: 1,195 (96)
- Hot Springs: 283 (102)
- Johnson: 450 (312)
- Laramie: 9,261 (2,242)
- Lincoln: 1,296 (220)
- Natrona: 6,164 (2,280)
- Niobrara: 75 (90)
- Park: 2,807 (167)
- Platte: 529 (239)
- Sheridan: 2,593 (732)
- Sublette: 701 (158)
- Sweetwater: 4,706 (292)
- Teton: 3,808 (89)
- Uinta: 2,076 (338)
- Washakie: 739 (206)
- Weston: 563 (118)