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594 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Wyoming Friday, 93 in Natrona County


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 594 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state since Wednesday, during its weekday update Friday, November 12.

There have now been 85,545 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. 191 probable cases were also added Friday, bringing the total to 21,938.

Wyoming has been adding an average of 222.9 new confirmed cases per day over the last 14 days. There were 1,775 active confirmed cases in the state on Friday,

93 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Friday, bringing the pandemic total to 9,837. Probable cases rose by 35 to a total of 5,821.

COVID-19 hospitalization data had not yet been updated at 4:00 p.m. Friday. Hospitalizations in Wyoming fell to 162 on Wednesday, down from 165 on Tuesday. Hospitalizations remain down from a pandemic high of 249 seen on October 21.

The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had the highest COVID-19 patient count on Wednesday at 43. 11 of 25 intensive care unit beds at the CRMC were open. The Wyoming Medical Center had 41 COVID-19 patients and had zero of 20 ICU beds available.

No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Friday after 55 were reported Tuesday. There have been 1,298 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents. 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.

The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variant cases rose by 28 on Friday to 5,648. 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.”

There had been 82,753 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as of Tuesday, as well as 20,900 recoveries from probable cases.

“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: 5,615 (950)
  • Big Horn: 1,672 (419)
  • Campbell: 8,067 (906)
  • Carbon: 2,650 (337)
  • Converse: 890 (1,380)
  • Crook: 740 (216)
  • Fremont: 7,851 (1,433)
  • Goshen: 2,322 (245)
  • Hot Springs: 654 (230)
  • Johnson: 856 (415)
  • Laramie: 12,761 (3,901)
  • Lincoln: 2,347 (544)
  • Natrona: 9,837 (5,821)
  • Niobrara: 209 (239)
  • Park: 4,672 (630)
  • Platte: 1,019 (439)
  • Sheridan: 4,302 (1,327)
  • Sublette: 1,109 (329)
  • Sweetwater: 7,198 (710)
  • Teton: 5,177 (124)
  • Uinta: 3,423 (527)
  • Washakie: 1,292 (523)
  • Weston: 882 (293)

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.