CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 413 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state since Friday during its weekday update Monday, November 15.
There have now been 85,958 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. 207 probable cases were also added Monday, bringing the total to 22,145.
Wyoming has been adding an average of 198.3 new confirmed cases per day over the last 14 days. There are 1,775 listed active confirmed cases in the state Monday, 261 fewer than on Friday.
79 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Monday, bringing the pandemic total to 9,916. Probable cases rose by 52 to a total of 5,873.
COVID-19 hospitalization data had not yet been updated as of 3:00 p.m. Monday. Hospitalizations in Wyoming rose by 11 patients Friday to 171. Cases have declined overall since the pandemic high of 249 seen on October 21.
The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had 46 COVID-19 patients on Friday. The Wyoming Medical Center had 47 COVID-19 patients and had zero of 20 ICU beds available.
No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Monday after 55 were reported last 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 13 on Monday to 5,661. 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 83,426 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as of Monday as well as 21,229 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: 5,653 (962)
- Big Horn: 1,676 (421)
- Campbell: 8,096 (918)
- Carbon: 2,663 (338)
- Converse: 892 (1,389)
- Crook: 742 (218)
- Fremont: 7,892 (1,437)
- Goshen: 2,332 (247)
- Hot Springs: 655 (230)
- Johnson: 859 (418)
- Laramie: 12,834 (3,978)
- Lincoln: 2,364 (546)
- Natrona: 9,916 (5,873)
- Niobrara: 209 (240)
- Park: 4,681 (640)
- Platte: 1,029 (439)
- Sheridan: 4,321 (1,331)
- Sublette: 1,114 (332)
- Sweetwater: 7,229 (718)
- Teton: 5,185 (124)
- Uinta: 3,435 (530)
- Washakie: 1,297 (522)
- Weston: 884 (294)