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3,097 cases of COVID-19 confirmed over holiday weekend; 369 in Natrona County


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 3,097 new laboratory confirmed and 988 new probable COVID-19 cases in the state as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 18.

There have been 130,638 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 Tuesday afternoon:

  • Cases:
    • There have been 102,915 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. The 988 new probable cases reported Tuesday brought the pandemic total to 27,638.
    • There are 4,926 active confirmed cases in Wyoming, 1668 more than were reported on Friday.
    • Wyoming has been adding 836.0 new confirmed cases per day over the last seven days.
    • 369 new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Tuesday, bringing the pandemic total to 11,478302 new probable cases were reported, bringing the pandemic total to 7,340.
    • There have been 1,601 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents since the pandemic began, including 13 reported on Tuesday. 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 Monday is as follows (no updates for Tuesday have been provided as of 3 p.m.):
      • Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations were at 98 on Monday, having dropped steadily from 104 on Friday.
      • Peak hospitalizations in Wyoming occurred on Oct. 21, 2021, when there were 249 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state.
      • There were 25 COVID-19 patients at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and 17 at the Wyoming Medical Center on Monday.
      • There were 13 of 20 available intensive care unit beds open at the Wyoming Medical Center on Thursday. 17 of 25 ICU beds were open at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
  • Vaccinations:
  • Recoveries:
    • There have been 96,755 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as well as 25,556 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 rose by 178 to 8,972.
    • 176 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: 7,079 (1,336)
    • Big Horn: 1,811 (450)
    • Campbell: 9,310 (1,004)
    • Carbon: 3,175 (459)
    • Converse: 988 (1,602)
    • Crook: 862 (260)
    • Fremont: 9,132 (1,674)
    • Goshen: 2,572 (322)
    • Hot Springs: 677 (272)
    • Johnson: 1,123 (486)
    • Laramie: 15,867 (5,699)
    • Lincoln: 2,835 (604)
    • Natrona: 11,478 (7,340)
    • Niobrara: 255 (267)
    • Park: 5,256 (767)
    • Platte: 1,176 (502)
    • Sheridan: 5,148 (1,552)
    • Sublette: 1,205 (426)
    • Sweetwater: 8,218 (864)
    • Teton: 8,327 (204)
    • Uinta: 4,035 (625)
    • Washakie: 1,399 (595)
    • Weston: 987 (328)

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.