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Wyoming reports 135 new COVID-19 cases Thursday; hospitalizations tick down to 62


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 127 new laboratory confirmed and eight new probable COVID-19 cases in the state in its Thursday, Feb. 24 update.

There have been 154,797 total confirmed and probable cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began. Here is a look at COVID-19-related updates that were provided by the WDH as of Wednesday afternoon:

  • Cases:
    • There have been 121,992 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began.
    • There have been 32,805 total probable cases.
    • There were 408 active confirmed cases on Wednesday. (No update was available for Thursday as of 3 p.m.)
    • Wyoming has been adding 131.0 new confirmed cases per day over the last seven days as of Wednesday. (No update was available for Thursday as of 3 p.m.)
    • Nine new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Thursday, bringing the pandemic total to 13,676. Two new probable cases were reported, bringing the pandemic total to 8,415.
    • There have been 1,718 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:
    • Some hospitalization data reported by the WDH as of Thursday is as follows:
      • Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to 62 on Thursday, down from 62 on Wednesday.
      • Peak hospitalizations in Wyoming occurred on Oct. 21, 2021, when there were 249 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state.
      • There were 16 COVID-19 patients at the Wyoming Medical Center and 19 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
      • There were 10 of 20 available intensive care unit beds open at the Wyoming Medical Center. 17 of 25 ICU beds were open at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
  • Vaccinations:
  • Recoveries:
    • There have been 120,147 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as well as 32,311 recoveries from probable cases reported in Wyoming through Wednesday. (No update was available for Thursday as of 3 p.m.)
      • “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:
    • 1,227 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.
    • WDH public information officer Kim Deti said January 24 that this dashboard offers an “incomplete” picture of the dominance of variants in the state. Rapid tests are not sequenced, and there are delays in getting results back from labs where some positive samples are sent.
    • Deti said state health officials believe that Omicron is “overwhelmingly dominant across the state right now,” including in Natrona County.
  • 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: 8,278 (1,509)
    • Big Horn: 1,997 (563)
    • Campbell: 10,858 (1,160)
    • Carbon: 4,020 (552)
    • Converse: 1,267 (1,856)
    • Crook: 1,014 (322)
    • Fremont: 11,583 (2,029)
    • Goshen: 3,202 (358)
    • Hot Springs: 747 (393)
    • Johnson: 1,302 (537)
    • Laramie: 18,893 (6,953)
    • Lincoln: 3,278 (667)
    • Natrona: 13,676 (8,415)
    • Niobrara: 349 (296)
    • Park: 5,727 (965)
    • Platte: 1,337 (550)
    • Sheridan: 6,047 (1,956)
    • Sublette: 1,316 (597)
    • Sweetwater: 9,947 (1,037)
    • Teton: 9,526 (234)
    • Uinta: 4,854 (758)
    • Washakie: 1,609 (724)
    • Weston: 1,165 (374)

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.