CASPER, Wyo. — Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 have increased to 608 in Wyoming as of 3 pm Thursday, May 21, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
That is an increase of 12 from the total of 596 confirmed cases reported on Wednesday. 1 new COVID-19-related death was also reported Thursday, bringing the state’s total deaths to 12.
Probable cases increased from 191 to 193 on Wednesday.
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“Probable Cases include a total count of people who are identified to be a close contact to a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case AND develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days, but are not tested. This count includes probable cases that have recovered,” the WDH says.
Two new positive COVID-19 cases were announced in Natrona County Thursday and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department said that a long-term care facility resident tested positive. The CNCHD said that Natrona has seen 55 lab confirmed cases. The WDH website lists 54 lab confirmed cases in Natrona and 13 probable cases.
546 people are considered recovered from COVID-19 as of Thursday afternoon, including 402 with a lab confirmed case. 37 in Natrona were considered recovered, including 29 with a confirmed case.
“A 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 72 hours AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” says the WDH.
Testing data has not changed on the WDH website since Wednesday. 18,168 tests had been completed overall in Wyoming as of Wednesday afternoon. 8,155 of those tests were completed at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory with the remaining tests completed at other labs, according to the WDH.
That included 1,179 tests for Natrona County completed at the WPHL and 462 at other labs. The WDH says Natrona has seen 5.0% of tests come back positive for COVID-19.
Confirmed cases in each county as of Wednesday afternoon are as follows (probable cases in parentheses):
- Albany: 10
- Big Horn: 2 (1)
- Campbell: 17 (13)
- Carbon: 9 (7)
- Converse: 14 (10)
- Crook: 5
- Fremont: 213 (24)
- Goshen: 4 (1)
- Hot Springs: 7 (2)
- Johnson: 12 (4)
- Laramie: 121 (61)
- Lincoln: 11 (4)
- Natrona: 54 (13)
- Niobrara: 1 (1)
- Park: 2
- Platte: 1
- Sheridan: 12 (4)
- Sublette: 1 (2)
- Sweetwater: 17 (8)
- Teton: 69 (31)
- Uinta: 10 (3)
- Washakie: 16 (4)
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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: email@example.com
- 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.