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Wyoming reports 159 new confirmed and 67 new probable cases Wednesday


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 159 new confirmed and 67 new probable COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 24 update.

There have now been 110,265 total confirmed and probable cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. Here is a report of the updates that were provided by the WDH as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 24:

  • Cases:
    • There have now been 87,448 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. 67 new probable cases were also added Tuesday, bringing the total to 22,816.
    • 10 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Wednesday, bringing the pandemic total to 10,074. Probable cases rose by 33 to a total of 6,078.
    • 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.
  • Hospitalizations:
    • COVID-19 hospitalization data from the WDH has not been updated since Monday, November 22. Hospitalizations dropped to a three-month low of 132 on Monday, according to the WDH. Hospitalizations have generally trended downward since the pandemic peak of 249 reported on October 21.
    • There were 45 COVID-19 patients at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and 27 at the Wyoming Medical Center on Monday.
  • Recoveries:
    • There had been 85,000 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as of Wednesday as well as 21,950 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.”
    • The WDH 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. 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.
  • Variants:
    • The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variant cases stands at 6,777.
    • Variant cases involve a mutated form of the virus and some may spread more easily or result in more serious illness.
  • Notes:
    • The WDH states that case updates are not planned for Thanksgiving or on Friday. The department generally reports new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday but did not this week due to staff availability with Thanksgiving approaching.
    • 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: 5,774 (987)
      • Big Horn: 1,695 (430)
      • Campbell: 8,209 (927)
      • Carbon: 2,691 (355)
      • Converse: 900 (1,405)
      • Crook: 762 (222)
      • Fremont: 7,963 (1,456)
      • Goshen: 2,370 (264)
      • Hot Springs: 655 (232)
      • Johnson: 906 (430)
      • Laramie: 13,113 (4,144)
      • Lincoln: 2,398 (553)
      • Natrona: 10,064 (6,045)
      • Niobrara: 230 (247)
      • Park: 4,744 (661)
      • Platte: 1,058 (459)
      • Sheridan: 4,395 (1,368)
      • Sublette: 1,124 (347)
      • Sweetwater: 7,325 (735)
      • Teton: 5,241 (125)
      • Uinta: 3,477 (534)
      • Washakie: 1,307 (535)
      • Weston: 893 (296)

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.