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583 new COVID cases confirmed in Wyoming Friday; active cases rise by 385


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 583 new laboratory confirmed and 181 new probable COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Friday, January 7 update.

There have been 119,857 total confirmed and probable cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. Here is a report of COVID-19-related updates that were provided by the WDH as of Wednesday afternoon:

  • Cases:
    • There have been 94,809 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. The 181 new probable cases reported Friday brought the pandemic total to 24,048.
    • There are 1,845 active confirmed cases in Wyoming, 385 more than were reported on Thursday.
    • Wyoming has been adding 288.1 new confirmed cases per day over the last 14 days. The average daily case count has sharply increased from a recent low of 75 daily cases on Dec. 19, 2021.
    • 64 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Friday, bringing the pandemic total to 10,68756 new probable cases were reported, bringing the pandemic total to 6,585.
    • There have been 1,572 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:
    • Hospitalization data reported by the WDH as of Thursday is as follows (no update for Friday has yet been provided):
      • Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations were at 73 on Thursday, up from the recent low of 56 on Sunday.
      • Peak hospitalizations in Wyoming occurred on Oct. 21, 2021, when there were 249 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state.
      • There were 18 COVID-19 patients at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and at the Wyoming Medical Center on Tuesday.
      • There were 8 of 20 available intensive care unit beds open at the Wyoming Medical Center on Tuesday. 12 of 25 ICU beds were open at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
  • Vaccinations:
  • Recoveries:
    • There have been 91,364 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as well as 23,944 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:
    • The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variant cases stands at 8,439.
    • 25 cases involving the omicron variant of the virus have been detected in Wyoming, according to the WDH.
    • Variant cases involve a mutated form of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • 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: 6,399 (1,136)
    • Big Horn: 1,759 (435)
    • Campbell: 8,794 (971)
    • Carbon: 2,982 (410)
    • Converse: 933 (1,498)
    • Crook: 804 (242)
    • Fremont: 8,374 (1,527)
    • Goshen: 2,455 (301)
    • Hot Springs: 670 (239)
    • Johnson: 990 (457)
    • Laramie: 14,493 (4,968)
    • Lincoln: 2,594 (587)
    • Natrona: 10,687 (6,585)
    • Niobrara: 249 (259)
    • Park: 5,045 (725)
    • Platte: 1,117 (481)
    • Sheridan: 4,724 (1,443)
    • Sublette: 1,165 (386)
    • Sweetwater: 7,704 (802)
    • Teton: 6,866 (159)
    • Uinta: 3,697 (567)
    • Washakie: 1,352 (563)
    • Weston: 956 (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.