CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported an additional 446 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 29 update.
The new cases reported Wednesday brought the total number of confirmed cases in Wyoming to 72,996 since the pandemic began. Wyoming has been adding an average of 364.1 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days.
There were 2,982 active confirmed cases in Wyoming on Wednesday, 315 more than there were on Tuesday.
96 new probable cases in Wyoming were added Wednesday, bringing the total to 16,969.
Natrona County added 44 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 8,144 since the pandemic began. Natrona saw 20 new probable cases reported, bringing the total to 4,312.
No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Wednesday. 41 additional COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents were reported on Tuesday. 996 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. Wednesday. The number of COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals jumped by 18 to 210 on Tuesday after falling to 192 on Monday, 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 Wyoming Medical Center and 37 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on Tuesday.
Seven hospitals had zero available intensive care unit beds on Tuesday. Four had only one available ICU bed. Over all, 106 of the 135 ICU beds across hospitals in the state were occupied on Tuesday. 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 3,343. 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.”
69,198 patients have reportedly recovered from a confirmed case statewide, and 15,737 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: 4,965 (802)
- Big Horn: 1,396 (352)
- Campbell: 6,900 (757)
- Carbon: 2,152 (279)
- Converse: 766 (1,132)
- Crook: 637 (128)
- Fremont: 6,498 (1,130)
- Goshen: 1,703 (137)
- Hot Springs: 587 (220)
- Johnson: 691 (375)
- Laramie: 11,335 (3,123)
- Lincoln: 1,921 (447)
- Natrona: 8,144 (4,312)
- Niobrara: 141 (172)
- Park: 3,975 (329)
- Platte: 805 (341)
- Sheridan: 3,561 (1,034)
- Sublette: 979 (201)
- Sweetwater: 6,326 (555)
- Teton: 4,809 (117)
- Uinta: 3,038 (458)
- Washakie: 987 (348)
- Weston: 680 (220)
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.