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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Wyo reach 3-month high over weekend; 178 new cases confirmed


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 178 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday during their 3 pm update on Monday, May 17.

There have been 49,951 total confirmed cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. Probable cases rose by 24 on Monday to a total of 9,271.

Nine additional confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Monday, where the total stands at 5,968 confirmed cases. Probable were revised down by one to 2,079.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations rose to 40 over the weekend, the most since February 14, according to the WDH. The number dropped to 39 on Monday There are 11 COVID-19 patients at the Wyoming Medical Center on Monday, down from 15 a week ago.

Hospitalizations peaked in Wyoming on Nov. 30, 2020 at 247.

No additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported Monday. Two additional COVID-19 related deaths among Wyoming residents were reported on Tuesday which brought the total number of Wyoming residents who have reportedly died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began to 712.

173 new recoveries from a confirmed COVID case were reported over the weekend, for a total of 48,978. Probable case recoveries rose by 39 to 9,080. In Natrona County, 5,815 people with a confirmed case of COVID have reportedly recovered, along with 2,040 people with a probable case, for a combined 14 recoveries in the county.

“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. Confirmed cases by county are as follows (probable cases in parentheses):

  • Albany: 3,925 (510)
  • Big Horn: 936 (225)
  • Campbell: 4,383 (515)
  • Carbon: 1,445 (153)
  • Converse: 516 (490)
  • Crook: 400 (34)
  • Fremont: 4,373 (829)
  • Goshen: 1,118 (95)
  • Hot Springs: 272 (96)
  • Johnson: 425 (293)
  • Laramie: 7,674 (1,563)
  • Lincoln: 1,199 (212)
  • Natrona: 5,968 (2,079)
  • Niobrara: 73 (88)
  • Park: 2,613 (156)
  • Platte: 417 (216)
  • Sheridan: 2,510 (672)
  • Sublette: 639 (152)
  • Sweetwater: 4,199 (178)
  • Teton: 3,683 (86)
  • Uinta: 1,919 (325)
  • Washakie: 717 (200)
  • Weston: 547 (104)

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:

  • 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.