CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported an additional 1,028 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Monday, September 13 update. Updates are not provided on weekends.
The new cases reported Monday brought the total number of confirmed cases in Wyoming to 66,972 since the pandemic began. 154 new probable cases were added Monday, bringing the total to 14,853.
Natrona County added 126 new confirmed cases on Monday, bringing the total to 7,429 since the pandemic began. Natrona saw 36 new probable cases reported, bringing the total to 3,655.
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COVID-19 hospitalizations ticked down to 217 on Monday, down from 219 on Sunday, according to the WDH. That is down from the most recent peak of 233 on September 8. Peak hospitalizations so far during the pandemic occurred on Nov. 30, 2020, when there were 247 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals.
No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Monday. 879 Wyoming residents have reportedly died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began. These are deaths that have COVID-19 listed as either the underlying or primary cause of death or as a contributing cause of death, the WDH explains.
Recovery information had not been updated as of 3 p.m. Monday. 62,356 patients had reportedly recovered from a confirmed case statewide as of Friday, and 13,301 had recovered from a probable case.
Variant data had not been updated as of 3 p.m. Monday. The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variants in the state rose by 30 Friday to 2,730. Variant cases involve a mutated form of the virus and some may spread more easily or result in more serious illness.
The WDH says its variant dashboard may underestimate the number of variant cases in Wyoming: “Not all positive tests are sequenced to identify which variation of COVID-19 caused illness.”
“National estimates right now are that about 92% of the virus infections in Wyoming and in our region are due to the Delta variant,” State Health Officer Alexia Harrist told WyoFile in August.
“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 after their first symptoms, 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 recovered after their isolation period ends.
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: 4,696 (735)
- Big Horn: 1,211 (279)
- Campbell: 6,191 (643)
- Carbon: 2,000 (265)
- Converse: 712 (948)
- Crook: 563 (86)
- Fremont: 5,777 (1,021)
- Goshen: 1,528 (125)
- Hot Springs: 531 (209)
- Johnson: 627 (363)
- Laramie: 10,824 (2,957)
- Lincoln: 1,704 (333)
- Natrona: 7,429 (3,655)
- Niobrara: 101 (150)
- Park: 3,566 (239)
- Platte: 751 (311)
- Sheridan: 3,274 (954)
- Sublette: 824 (172)
- Sweetwater: 5,780 (443)
- Teton: 4,547 (108)
- Uinta: 2,829 (397)
- Washakie: 858 (271)
- Weston: 649 (189)
The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.