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Wyoming hospitals see 70 COVID patients for first time in almost six months

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported 123 new confirmed COVID-19 cases during their 3 p.m. Thursday, July 22 update.

The additional confirmed cases brought Wyoming’s total to 53,674 since the pandemic began. 30 additional probable cases were reported Thursday, bringing the total to 10,467.

There are 579 active confirmed cases in Wyoming. 181 of these are in Laramie County, along with 24 in Natrona County.

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Three new variant cases were reported on Thursday; the number of COVID-19 cases identified as variants in the state rose to 1,434. Variant cases involve a mutated form of the virus and some may spread more easily or result in more serious illness.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals spiked to 70 on Thursday, up from 64 on Wednesday, according to WDH data. The last time Wyoming hospitals had 70 COVID patients was on Jan. 27, 2021.

33 of the COVID patients on Thursday were at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. There were five patients at the Wyoming Medical Center.

No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday. Six additional COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents were reported on Tuesday, bringing the toll to 766 since the pandemic began.

Natrona County saw six new confirmed cases reported Thursday. There have been 6,138 confirmed cases in the county since the pandemic began. The probable case count in Natrona County rose three to 2,205. Laramie County saw 37 new confirmed cases on Thursday.

52,435 people have recovered from a confirmed case, along with 10,149 from a probable case in Wyoming.

“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: 4,150 (562)
  • Big Horn: 986 (234)
  • Campbell: 4,706 (556)
  • Carbon: 1,531 (185)
  • Converse: 553 (543)
  • Crook: 431 (38)
  • Fremont: 4,527 (860)
  • Goshen: 1,172 (95)
  • Hot Springs: 281 (103)
  • Johnson: 447 (309)
  • Laramie: 9,127 (2,189)
  • Lincoln: 1,267 (219)
  • Natrona: 6,138 (2,205)
  • Niobrara: 74 (90)
  • Park: 2,773 (165)
  • Platte: 497 (235)
  • Sheridan: 2,581 (709)
  • Sublette: 677 (156)
  • Sweetwater: 4,654 (276)
  • Teton: 3,776 (89)
  • Uinta: 2,037 (331)
  • Washakie: 735 (202)