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Wyoming reports 84 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday; hospitalizations decline to 43 patients


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 57 new laboratory confirmed and 27 new probable COVID-19 cases in the state in its Tuesday, March 1 update. Updates are not provided on weekends.

The WDH also reported 23 additional COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents. The department provides weekly updates on COVID-19 deaths among state residents.

There have been 155,184 total confirmed and probable cases in Wyoming. Here is a look at COVID-19-related updates that were provided by the WDH as of Tuesday afternoon:

  • Cases:
    • There have been 122,297 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began.
    • There have been 32,887 total probable cases.
    • There are 261 active confirmed cases on Tuesday, 215 fewer than on Monday.
    • Wyoming has been adding 59.9 new confirmed cases per day over the last seven days.
    • Eight new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Tuesday, bringing the pandemic total to 13,707. Eight new probable cases were reported, bringing the pandemic total to 8,427.
    • There have been 1,741 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 Tuesday is as follows:
      • Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to 43 on Tuesday, down from 47 on Monday. Saturday’s 48 patients marked the first time since July 9, 2021 that there were fewer than 50 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals.
      • Peak hospitalizations in Wyoming occurred on Oct. 21, 2021, when there were 249 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state.
      • There were 15 COVID-19 patients at the Wyoming Medical Center and 16 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
      • There were 12 of 20 available intensive care unit beds open at the Wyoming Medical Center. 13 of 25 ICU beds were open at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
  • Vaccinations:
  • Recoveries:
    • There have been 120,710 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as well as 32,419 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:
    • 1,419 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: 8,296 (1,515)
    • Big Horn: 1,998 (564)
    • Campbell: 10,877 (1,163)
    • Carbon: 4,029 (556)
    • Converse: 1,269 (1,857)
    • Crook: 1,016 (324)
    • Fremont: 11,613 (2,040)
    • Goshen: 3,224 (359)
    • Hot Springs: 748 (397)
    • Johnson: 1,302 (537)
    • Laramie: 18,951 (6,967)
    • Lincoln: 3,284 (667)
    • Natrona: 13,707 (8,427)
    • Niobrara: 351 (296)
    • Park: 5,733 (974)
    • Platte: 1,340 (552)
    • Sheridan: 6,067 (1,958)
    • Sublette: 1,318 (599)
    • Sweetwater: 9,965 (1,038)
    • Teton: 9,556 (235)
    • Uinta: 4,867 (760)
    • Washakie: 1,612 (728)
    • Weston: 1,174 (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.