CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported an additional 367 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Friday, August 27 update.
That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Wyoming to 60,684 since the pandemic began. 105 new probable cases were also added, bringing the total to 12,783.
There are 2,600 active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming, 30 more than on Thursday. Wyoming has been adding 270.6 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days.
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Laramie County added 40 new lab-confirmed cases on Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 10,179 since the pandemic began.
On Thursday, the Laramie County School District #1 (LCSD #1) released a new COVID-19 dashboard on its website that will allow the public to get the most current update on reported cases in schools. The tracker can be found by following this link.
The WDH’s hospitalization data for Friday had not been updated as of 3 p.m. The number of COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals rose by four to 178 on Thursday, according to WDH data. That is the highest number of COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals on a single day since December 14, 2020. The Wyoming Medical Center and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center both had 40 COVID-19 patients on Thursday.
No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Friday. The WDH reported 26 additional COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents on Tuesday, which brought the total number of Wyoming residents who have died after contracting the virus to 835. These are deaths that have COVID-19 listed as either the underlying or primary cause of death or as a contributing cause of death, WDH explains.
57,037 patients have recovered from a confirmed case statewide, and 11,874 have recovered from a probable case. That’s 451 combined recoveries since Thursday.
The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variants in the state is listed at 2,262. Variant cases involve a mutated form of the virus and some may spread more easily or result in more serious illness.
The WDH says its variant dashboard may underestimate the number of variant cases in Wyoming: “Not all positive tests are sequenced to identify which variation of COVID-19 caused illness.”
“National estimates right now are that about 92% of the virus infections in Wyoming and in our region are due to the Delta variant,” State Health Officer Alexia Harrist told WyoFile in August.
“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: 4,460 (687)
- Big Horn: 1,098 (255)
- Campbell: 5,529 (600)
- Carbon: 1,774 (249)
- Converse: 639 (749)
- Crook: 485 (50)
- Fremont: 5,089 (965)
- Goshen: 1,331 (115)
- Hot Springs: 346 (116)
- Johnson: 552 (338)
- Laramie: 10,203 (2,721)
- Lincoln: 1,500 (247)
- Natrona: 6,758 (2,888)
- Niobrara: 92 (113)
- Park: 3,189 (182)
- Platte: 638 (288)
- Sheridan: 2,939 (847)
- Sublette: 745 (170)
- Sweetwater: 5,094 (366)
- Teton: 4,253 (103)
- Uinta: 2,548 (366)
- Washakie: 798 (219)
- Weston: 624 (149)
The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.