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Week of record COVID deaths, hospitalizations in Wyoming closes out with 389 new confirmed cases

Staff perform COVID-19 tests on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at the Wyoming Medical Center’s Respiratory Clinic. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — A record 69 COVID-related deaths were reported by the Wyoming Department of Health this week, and as of Thursday there were a a record 249 hospitalized.

The WDH confirmed 389 new COVID-19 cases in Wyoming during its 3 p.m. Friday, October 22 update. There have now been 80,401 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

127 probable cases were also added, bringing the total to 19,733.

Wyoming has been adding an average of 305.9 new confirmed cases over the last 14 days.

Hospitalization data had not yet been updated as of Friday. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Wyoming as of Thursday was 249, up from 235 on Wednesday.

The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 reached a new pandemic high on Tuesday, reaching 242. The previous record was 233, set in late November 2020.

As of Thursday, the Wyoming Medical Center reported 66 patients being treated for COVID-19 while the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center listed 34. The WMC reported one open ICU bed on Thursday, while Cheyenne reported two open beds.

Deaths related to virus reported in a single week also hit a new high this week, with 69 additional deaths reported. There have now been 1,149 deaths among Wyoming residents “that have COVID-19 listed as either the underlying or primary cause of death or as a contributing cause of death,” WDH explains.

28 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Friday, bringing the pandemic total to 9,110. Probable cases rose by 43 to a new total of 5,195.

There have been 77,044 recoveries from lab confirmed cases, as well as 18,596 recoveries from probable cases, the WDH says.

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: 5,337 (880)
  • Big Horn: 1,605 (391)
  • Campbell: 7,673 (868)
  • Carbon: 2,440 (320)
  • Converse: 853 (1,288)
  • Crook: 691 (173)
  • Fremont: 7,316 (1,301)
  • Goshen: 2,118 (190)
  • Hot Springs: 638 (224)
  • Johnson: 769 (397)
  • Laramie: 12,032 (3,427)
  • Lincoln: 2,172 (510)
  • Natrona: 9,110 (5,195)
  • Niobrara: 160 (213)
  • Park: 4,452 (500)
  • Platte: 938 (406)
  • Sheridan: 4,022 (1,211)
  • Sublette: 1,069 (267)
  • Sweetwater: 6,772 (642)
  • Teton: 4,997 (122)
  • Uinta: 3,268 (513)
  • Washakie: 1,208 (469)
  • Weston: 761 (266)


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.

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