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Thursday: Wyoming’s COVID surge continues with 301 new confirmed cases

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported 301 new laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 during their 3 pm update on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Wyoming crossed 10,000 total confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday. The total stands at 10,589 as of Thursday. 60 new probable cases reported Thursday brought the state total to 1,918.

3,552 confirmed and probable cases remain active.

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The WDH reported ten additional COVID-19 related deaths among the state’s residents on Thursday, bringing the total to 87. Wyoming also saw a record 109 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state on Thursday, according to the WDH.

The average number of new lab confirmed cases per day as of Thursday is as follows:

  • last 7 days: 207.0
  • last 14 days: 223.9
  • last 21 days: 200.3

Wyoming’s COVID cases began to surge sometime in mid-September. Today’s average daily cases counts can compare with data from Sept. 15 as follows:

  • 7 day average: 50.3
  • 14 day average: 40.6
  • 21 day average: 35.2

COVID-19 has been spreading faster in Wyoming than in any other state in the county, based on the “effective reproduction rate” of the virus. Rt.live report that the effective reproduction rate in Wyoming stood at 1.34 on Thursday morning. Anytime the rate is above 1.0, the virus is expected to spread quickly.

Monday’s 387 new lab confirmed cases was the highest number of confirmed cases reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic. 

A total of 7,037 people with a lab confirmed case and 1,199 with a probable cases have recovered as of Thursday.

The WDH reported 24 new lab confirmed cases in Natrona County on Thursday, bringing the total to 1,201. Natrona saw 7 new probable cases, bringing the total to 256.

There are 415 active confirmed and probable cases in Natrona County, according to the WDH. A total of 415 people with a lab confirmed case and 149 with a probable case in Natrona have recovered as of Thursday.

County-specific COVID-19 information is available from the Wyoming Department of Health.


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: covid@cnchd.org


  • 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.