Confirmed COVID-19 cases climb to 608 in Wyoming, 402 recovered

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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.

“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)
  • Weston