CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported an additional 421 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 22 update.
The new cases reported Wednesday brought the total number of confirmed cases in Wyoming to 70,420 since the pandemic began. There are 3,117 active confirmed cases in Wyoming, 359 more than there were on Tuesday.
Wyoming has been adding an average of 365.4 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days.
121 new probable cases were added Wednesday, bringing the total to 16,174.
Natrona County added 56 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 7,820 since the pandemic began. Natrona saw 43 new probable cases reported, bringing the total to 4,086.
No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Wednesday after 37 were reported Tuesday. 955 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.
The number of COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals rose to 194 on Wednesday, up from 190 on Tuesday, according to the WDH. The most recent peak in COVID-19 hospitalizations occurred on September 8, when there were 233 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals.
There were 39 COVID-19 patients at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and 31 at the Wyoming Medical Center on Wednesday, according to WDH. Three hospitals had zero available intensive care unit beds. Six, including the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, had only one available ICU bed. While ICU beds are not exclusively used to treat COVID-19 patients, when hospitals deal with surges in these patients, that can put a strain on their ability to care for other types of critical-needs patients.
The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variant cases stands at 3,210. 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.”
66,514 patients have reportedly recovered from a confirmed case statewide, and 14,830 have recovered from a probable case.
“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: 4,832 (784)
- Big Horn: 1,312 (322)
- Campbell: 6,631 (716)
- Carbon: 2,072 (273)
- Converse: 744 (1,075)
- Crook: 615 (108)
- Fremont: 6,149 (1,088)
- Goshen: 1,620 (131)
- Hot Springs: 573 (217)
- Johnson: 674 (371)
- Laramie: 11,137 (3,059)
- Lincoln: 1,843 (407)
- Natrona: 7,820 (4,086)
- Niobrara: 120 (165)
- Park: 3,807 (282)
- Platte: 773 (320)
- Sheridan: 3,451 (1,009)
- Sublette: 885 (198)
- Sweetwater: 6,095 (500)
- Teton: 4,738 (113)
- Uinta: 2,952 (441)
- Washakie: 916 (307)
- Weston: 661 (202)
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.