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Wyoming reports 64 new lab-confirmed cases Monday; average daily rate drops to 18-month low


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 64 new laboratory confirmed and two new probable COVID-19 cases in the state in its Monday, March 7 update.

There have been 155,426 total confirmed and probable cases in Wyoming. Here is a look at COVID-19-related updates that were provided by the WDH as of Monday afternoon:

  • Cases:
    • There have been 122,570 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming since the pandemic began.
    • There have been 32,922 total probable cases.
    • There are 305 active confirmed cases on Monday, five more than on Friday.
    • Wyoming has been adding 36.1 new confirmed cases per day over the last seven days, the fewest average number of new cases since September 2020.
    • Seven new lab confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County on Monday, bringing the pandemic total to 13,730. One new probable case was reported, bringing the pandemic total to 8,436.
    • 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 Friday are as follows (a Monday report had not been uploaded as of 3:30 p.m.):
      • Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 3 to 39 on Friday. Thursday marked the first time since July 1, 2021 that there have been fewer than 40 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 14 COVID-19 patients at the Wyoming Medical Center and 9 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
      • There were 10 of 20 available intensive care unit beds open at the Wyoming Medical Center. 11 of 15 ICU beds were open at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
  • Vaccinations:
  • Recoveries:
    • There have been 120,938 recoveries from lab confirmed cases as well as 32,447 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:
    • 1,428 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.
  • 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: 8,313 (1,518)
    • Big Horn: 2,003 (563)
    • Campbell: 10,891 (1,161)
    • Carbon: 4,040 (560)
    • Converse: 1,272 (1,856)
    • Crook: 1,018 (326)
    • Fremont: 11,648 (2,042)
    • Goshen: 3,233 (359)
    • Hot Springs: 748 (399)
    • Johnson: 1,305 (537)
    • Laramie: 18,999 (6,984)
    • Lincoln: 3,291 (665)
    • Natrona: 13,730 (8,436)
    • Niobrara: 354 (296)
    • Park: 5,750 (975)
    • Platte: 1,345 (551)
    • Sheridan: 6,076 (1,956)
    • Sublette: 1,318 (601)
    • Sweetwater: 9,984 (1,037)
    • Teton: 9,587 (235)
    • Uinta: 4,866 (759)
    • Washakie: 1,610 (733)
    • Weston: 1,189 (373)

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.