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800 new COVID cases confirmed statewide Monday; average daily cases double since Dec. 19


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 800 new laboratory confirmed and 205 new probable COVID-19 cases in the state since Thursday during its afternoon Monday, January 3 update.

There have been 116,643 total confirmed and probable cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. Here is a report of updates that were provided by the WDH as of Monday afternoon:

  • Cases:
    • There have now been 92,352 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. The 205 new probable cases reported Monday brought the pandemic total to 24,291.
    • There are 969 active confirmed cases in Wyoming, 69 fewer than were reported on Thursday.
    • Wyoming has been adding 151.8 new confirmed cases per day over the last 14 days. That continues a sharp increase from the 74.9 average daily cases reported on December 19.
    • 65 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Monday, bringing the pandemic total to 10,51618 new probable cases were reported, bringing the pandemic total to 6,352.
    • There have been 1,526 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents since the pandemic began, in including 235 Natrona County 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,” the WDH explains.
  • Hospitalizations:
    • Hospitalization data reported by the WDH as of Sunday is as follows:
      • Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to 56 on Sunday, continuing a general downward trend from the pandemic peak of 249 reported on Oct. 21, 2021.
      • There were 16 COVID-19 patients at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and 7 at the Wyoming Medical Center on Sunday.
      • There were 8 of 20 available intensive care unit beds open at the Wyoming Medical Center on Sunday. 11 of 25 ICU beds were open at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
  • Recoveries:
    • There have been 89,333 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as well as 23,452 recoveries from probable cases reported in Wyoming.
      • “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:
  • 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: 6,084 (1,066)
    • Big Horn: 1,753 (434)
    • Campbell: 8,666 (961)
    • Carbon: 2,942 (393)
    • Converse: 929 (1,462)
    • Crook: 796 (235)
    • Fremont: 8,264 (1,493)
    • Goshen: 2,425 (293)
    • Hot Springs: 665 (237)
    • Johnson: 955 (437)
    • Laramie: 14,101 (4,762)
    • Lincoln: 2,541 (579)
    • Natrona: 10,516 (6,352)
    • Niobrara: 247 (255)
    • Park: 4,982 (715)
    • Platte: 1,108 (477)
    • Sheridan: 4,619 (1,428)
    • Sublette: 1,154 (376)
    • Sweetwater: 7,571 (781)
    • Teton: 6,134 (139)
    • Uinta: 3,618 (555)
    • Washakie: 1,332 (554)
    • Weston: 950 (307)

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.