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Natrona crosses 10K confirmed COVID-19 cases as Wyoming adds 338 on Thursday


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 338 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Thursday, November 18 update. 

There have now been 86,621 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. 92 new probable cases were also added Thursday, bringing the total to 22,462.

Wyoming has been adding an average of 191.9 new confirmed cases per day over the last 14 days. There are 1,607 active confirmed cases in the state, 31 more than on Wednesday.

58 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Thursday, bringing the pandemic total to 10,003. Probable cases rose by 30 to a total of 5,984.

There were 148 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state on Thursday, the same number as on Wednesday and down from 157 on Tuesday. Peak hospitalizations in Wyoming reached 249 on October 21. 

There were 47 COVID-19 patients at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and 34 at the Wyoming Medical Center on Thursday.

No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday after 49 were reported Tuesday. There have been 1,347 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents 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 cases identified as variant cases stands at 6,767. 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 had been 83,959 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as of Monday as well as 21,510 recoveries from probable cases.

“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: 5,705 (974)
  • Big Horn: 1,685 (424)
  • Campbell: 8,139 (918)
  • Carbon: 2,676 (347)
  • Converse: 897 (1,398)
  • Crook: 758 (222)
  • Fremont: 7,920 (1,443)
  • Goshen: 2,356 (254)
  • Hot Springs: 655 (232)
  • Johnson: 888 (428)
  • Laramie: 12,970 (4,057)
  • Lincoln: 2,379 (551)
  • Natrona: 10,003 (5,984)
  • Niobrara: 228 (244)
  • Park: 4,709 (648)
  • Platte: 1,042 (446)
  • Sheridan: 4,352 (1,345)
  • Sublette: 1,120 (345)
  • Sweetwater: 7,272 (722)
  • Teton: 5,220 (124)
  • Uinta: 3,461 (535)
  • Washakie: 1,295 (526)
  • Weston: 891 (295)

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.