CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported an additional 338 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Friday, October 15 update.
The new cases reported Friday brought the total number of confirmed cases in Wyoming to 78,179 since the pandemic began. The number of new probable cases rose by 135, bringing the total to 18,958.
There are 2,482 active confirmed cases in Wyoming, 102 fewer than on Thursday. Wyoming has been adding an average of 298.4 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days.
Natrona County added 16 new confirmed cases on Friday, bringing the total to 8,835. Natrona County saw 43 new probable cases reported, bringing the total to 4,955.
The WDH has also begun to report COVID-19 data in conjunction with people’s vaccination status. The new dashboard only includes data for cases dating back to May 1.
23 additional breakthrough cases (cases among people fully vaccinated) were added on Friday, bringing the total since May 1 to 627. That is out of a total of 34,429 total confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases reported since May 1. 98% of cases in Wyoming have been among people not fully vaccinated.
No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Friday. 1,080 Wyoming residents have reportedly died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began. These are deaths that have COVID-19 listed as either the underlying or primary cause of death or as a contributing cause of death, the WDH explains.
Ten deaths have been among people who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The WDH has been tracking this since May 1 and there have been 284 COVID-19-related deaths during that period. 96.4% of deaths have been among people not fully vaccinated.
As of 3 p.m. Friday, hospitalization data had not been updated since Wednesday. COVID-19 hospitalizations stayed flat at 222 on Wednesday, according to the WDH. The most recent peak in hospitalizations occurred on September 8, when there were 233 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals.
There have been 26 fully vaccinated people who were hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 since May 1. That is out of 901 total hospitalizations during that time span.
There were 58 COVID-19 patients at the Wyoming Medical Center on Wednesday and 39 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. There were three ICU beds available at the WMC and seven at the CRMC.
Four hospitals had zero available ICU beds available and two had only one ICU bed available. While ICU beds are not exclusively used to treat COVID-19 patients, when hospitals deal with surges in these patients, that can put a strain on their ability to care for other types of critical-needs patients.
The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variant cases stands at 4,260. 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.”
The WDH says 74,824 people have recovered from a lab confirmed case and 18,958 have recovered from a probable case since the pandemic began.
“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: 5,222 (861)
- Big Horn: 1,573 (383)
- Campbell: 7,483 (839)
- Carbon: 2,293 (305)
- Converse: 836 (1,239)
- Crook: 679 (161)
- Fremont: 7,010 (1,234)
- Goshen: 1,975 (182)
- Hot Springs: 626 (219)
- Johnson: 747 (392)
- Laramie: 11,802 (3,332)
- Lincoln: 2,091 (501)
- Natrona: 8,835 (4,945)
- Niobrara: 156 (200)
- Park: 4,344 (454)
- Platte: 905 (392)
- Sheridan: 3,873 (1,148)
- Sublette: 1,061 (247)
- Sweetwater: 6,641 (618)
- Teton: 4,927 (123)
- Uinta: 3,209 (502)
- Washakie: 1,158 (428)
- Weston: 733 (253)
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.