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Wyoming reports 2,426 active confirmed COVID cases, adding 304 on Wednesday


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 304 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 27 update.

There have now been 81,641 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. 184 probable cases were also added Wednesday, bringing the total to 20,271.

There are 2,426 active confirmed cases in the state as of Wednesday. Wyoming has been adding an average of 291.9 new confirmed cases per day over the last 14 days.

39 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Wednesday, bringing the pandemic total to 9,293. Probable cases rose by 47 to a new total of 5,343.

COVID-19 hospitalizations dipped to 228 on Wednesday, according to WDH data. That was down from 237 on Tuesday. Hospitalizations reached a new all-time high of 249 in Wyoming on October 21.

There were 51 COVID-19 patients at the Wyoming Medical Center on Wednesday and 36 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The WMC had two available intensive care unit beds and the CRMC had seven.

Four hospitals had zero available ICU beds and four had only one open ICU bed.

No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported on Wednesday after 25 were reported Tuesday. There have been 1,174 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents. These are deaths “that have COVID-19 listed as either the underlying or primary cause of death or as a contributing cause of death,” WDH explains.

The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variant cases stands at 4,969. 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.”

There have been 78,281 recoveries from lab confirmed cases, as well as 19,098 recoveries from probable cases, the WDH says.

“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: 5,399 (886)
  • Big Horn: 1,622 (391)
  • Campbell: 7,780 (874)
  • Carbon: 2,492 (328)
  • Converse: 862 (1,316)
  • Crook: 701 (182)
  • Fremont: 7,463 (1,344)
  • Goshen: 2,180 (199)
  • Hot Springs: 642 (227)
  • Johnson: 783 (399)
  • Laramie: 12,173 (3,518)
  • Lincoln: 2,214 (519)
  • Natrona: 9,293 (5,343)
  • Niobrara: 167 (217)
  • Park: 4,509 (557)
  • Platte: 963 (408)
  • Sheridan: 4,093 (1,238)
  • Sublette: 1,076 (277)
  • Sweetwater: 6,856 (653)
  • Teton: 5,045 (123)
  • Uinta: 3,301 (513)
  • Washakie: 1,224 (491)
  • Weston: 803 (268)

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.