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Wyoming reports 165 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, 17 in Natrona County

Staff at the Wyoming Medical Center’s Respiratory Clinic perform COVID-19 tests on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported an additional 165 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Friday, September 17 update.

The new cases brought the total number of confirmed cases in Wyoming to 68,339 since the pandemic began. The state has been adding an average of 344.3 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days.

There are 2897 total active cases in the state Friday, 184 fewer than on Thursday.

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In Wyoming, 150 new probable cases were added Friday, bringing the total to 15,619.

Natrona County added 17 new confirmed cases on Friday, bringing the total to 7,550 since the pandemic began. Natrona saw 18 new probable cases reported, bringing the total to 3,894.

No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Friday. 918 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.

Hospitalization data had not been updated as of 3 p.m. Friday. Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Wyoming dropped to 194 on Thursday, down from 209 on Wednesday, according to the WDH.

In a live social media statement Friday morning, Natrona County health officer and WMC infectious disease specialist Dr. Mark Dowell said there were 51 patients actively infected with COVID-19 and in isolation at Wyoming Medical Center on Thursday, with another seven still recovering at the hospital.

There were 37 COVID-19 patients at the Wyoming Medical Center and 43 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on Thursday, according to WDH.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have over the past week dropped 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.

64,676 patients have reportedly recovered from a confirmed case statewide, and 14,158 have recovered from a probable case.

The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variants in the state rose by 26 on Friday to 3,052. 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: 4,759 (768)
  • Big Horn: 1,240 (295)
  • Campbell: 6,354 (686)
  • Carbon: 2,033 (265)
  • Converse: 720 (1,017)
  • Crook: 578 (98)
  • Fremont: 5,902 (1,067)
  • Goshen: 1,560 (128)
  • Hot Springs: 554 (214)
  • Johnson: 643 (365)
  • Laramie: 10,943 (3,009)
  • Lincoln: 1,785 (383)
  • Natrona: 7,550 (3,894)
  • Niobrara: 110 (161)
  • Park: 3,656 (271)
  • Platte: 762 (315)
  • Sheridan: 3,361 (981)
  • Sublette: 850 (187)
  • Sweetwater: 5,916 (482)
  • Teton: 4,632 (111)
  • Uinta: 2,896 (430)
  • Washakie: 882 (291)
  • Weston: 653 (201)

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.