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34 new coronavirus cases, nine related deaths confirmed in Wyoming Tuesday

Healthcare workers at the Wyoming Medical Center Respiratory Screening Clinic wave to first responders from several Natrona County agencies during a brief parade around the WMC campus on Wednesday morning in Casper. The parade was organized to show appreciation for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 surge. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 during their 3 pm Tuesday, Feb. 23 update.

Nine additional COVID-19 related deaths were also reported Tuesday. Wyoming has seen a total of 671 COVID related deaths since the pandemic began. Natrona has seen 131 COVID-19 related deaths.

There have been 45,780 total confirmed cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. The state has been adding an average of 66.4 new confirmed cases per day over the last seven days. 10 new probable cases were reported Monday, bringing the total to 8,164.

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COVID hospitalizations in Wyoming rose by two to 21 on Tuesday, after dropping below 20 Monday for the first time since Sept. 28, 2020, according to latest available data from the WDH. Hospitalizations peaked on Nov. 30, 2020, with 247 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state.

One new confirmed case was reported in Natrona County on Tuesday, bringing the total to 5,753. Three additional probable cases were reported for a total of 1,925.

Statewide, 44,703 people have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 and 7,965 with a probable case have recovered. That’s 101 combined additional recoveries of probable and confirmed cases since Monday.

In Natrona County, 5,606 confirmed case recoveries and 1,894 probable cases recoveries have been reported.

“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.

The Atlantic’s COVID Tracking Project announced this week that it will no longer track the effective reproduction rate in favor of other metrics.

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: 3,512 (380)
  • Big Horn: 870 (192)
  • Campbell: 4,181 (471)
  • Carbon: 1,298 (121)
  • Converse: 503 (462)
  • Crook: 385 (32)
  • Fremont: 4,059 (757)
  • Goshen: 1,053 (89)
  • Hot Springs: 266 (93)
  • Johnson: 400 (215)
  • Laramie: 6,883 (1,258)
  • Lincoln: 1,040 (173)
  • Natrona: 5,753 (1,925)
  • Niobrara: 65 (83)
  • Park: 2,455 (148)
  • Platte: 381 (202)
  • Sheridan: 2,384 (615)
  • Sublette: 543 (128)
  • Sweetwater: 3,557 (142)
  • Teton: 3,258 (75)
  • Uinta: 1,717 (319)
  • Washakie: 690 (190)
  • Weston: 527 (94)


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.