CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 156 new laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 during its 3 pm update Monday, Jan 25.
That brought the total to 43,599 confirmed COVID cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. Wyoming has been adding an average of 150 new confirmed cases per day over the last seven days.
Eight additional probable cases were also reported, bringing the total to 7,463.
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Wyoming has seen 571 total COVID related deaths since the pandemic began, including 21 reported by WDH last Friday. 111 of those total deaths have been in Natrona County, the highest of any in the state.
Governor Mark Gordon’s office said last Thursday that officials think the pandemic situation has been improving and that the state will ease some restrictions on public gatherings next week.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan 26, “indoor gatherings that incorporate social distancing and face coverings are permitted for up to 25 percent of capacity or 250 persons, and outdoor gatherings of up to 500 persons,” the governor’s office said.
Other restrictions, such as the mask mandate, will remain in effect until at least Feb. 14.
66 patients are hospitalized with COVID on Monday according to the WDH. down from 84 on Thursday. Hospitalizations have been on a generally downward trend since the peak on Nov. 30, when 247 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Wyoming.
Wyoming’s effective reproduction rate stood at 1.01 on Monday morning, according to Rt.live. This number reflects the average number of new cases each case is expected to create. When the number is above 1.0, total cases are expected to increase. Total cases can be expected to decrease when the number is below 1.0.
336 new recoveries from lab confirmed cases were reported Sunday, bringing the total to 41,875. Probable case recoveries rose by 101 to a total of 7,133.
Nine new confirmed cases have been reported in Natrona County since Sunday. The county’s total since the start of the pandemic stands at 5,599. Two additional probable cases brought the total to 1,794.
5,360 total recoveries from a lab confirmed case and 1,701 probable case recoveries have been reported in Natrona County; a combined 116 recoveries since Sunday.
“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 since their first symptoms or 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 covered after their isolation period concludes.
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: 3,384 (356)
- Big Horn: 790 (154)
- Campbell: 4,118 (454)
- Carbon: 1,075 (84)
- Converse: 529 (366)
- Crook: 376 (34)
- Fremont: 3,776 (612)
- Goshen: 1,013 (91)
- Hot Springs: 263 (89)
- Johnson: 374 (237)
- Laramie: 6,762 (1,171)
- Lincoln: 943 (150)
- Natrona: 5,599 (1,794)
- Niobrara: 62 (83)
- Park: 2,370 (148)
- Platte: 348 (195)
- Sheridan: 2,296 (542)
- Sublette: 522 (119)
- Sweetwater: 3,285 (133)
- Teton: 2,907 (74)
- Uinta: 1,604 (309)
- Washakie: 685 (176)
- Weston: 518 (92)
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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: firstname.lastname@example.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.