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Record 248 new lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Wyoming Friday


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported 248 new laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 during their 3 pm Friday, Oct. 16 update.

That is the highest number of new confirmed cases reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The previous record was 195 cases reported last Friday, Oct. 9.

Wyoming has now seen a total of 7,337 lab confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. The state’s COVID-19 related death toll stands at 57.

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42 new probable cases reported Friday brought the total to 1,328.

199 new recoveries from among people with a lab confirmed case were reported by the WDH on Friday, bringing the total to 5,539. Recoveries from probable cases rose by 34 to 955.

The WDH reported 49 new lab confirmed cases in Natrona County on Friday, bringing the total to 792. Probable cases in the county rose to 146.

560 people have recovered from a lab confirmed case in Natrona County, according to Friday’s update. The number of probable case recoveries rose to 100.

Data concerning Wyoming’s average daily number of lab-confirmed cases had not been updated to reflect Friday’s new cases at the time of this report.

208,990 COVID-19 tests had been completed in Wyoming with 3.4% of tests coming back positive. The WDH revised these numbers down from what was reported on Tuesday.

County-specific COVID-19 information is available from the Wyoming Department of Health. Lab confirmed cases in each county are as follows (probable cases in parentheses):

  • Albany: 886 (129)
  • Big Horn: 117 (16)
  • Campbell: 507 (44)
  • Carbon: 232 (37)
  • Converse: 159 (64) 
  • Crook: 69 (10)
  • Fremont: 871 (124)
  • Goshen: 116 (18)
  • Hot Springs: 35 (6)
  • Johnson: 47 (18)
  • Laramie: 830 (280)
  • Lincoln: 243 (53)
  • Natrona: 792 (146) 
  • Niobrara: 2 (3)
  • Park: 370 (36)
  • Platte: 58 (23)
  • Sheridan: 359 (115)
  • Sublette: 101 (41)
  • Sweetwater: 389 (21)
  • Teton: 659 (33)
  • Uinta: 317 (75)
  • Washakie: 123 (10)
  • Weston: 55 (26)

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.