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413 new COVID-19 cases reported statewide Monday, 79 in Natrona County

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CASPER, Wyo.- The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 413 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state since Friday during its Monday, Nov. 15 weekday update.

There are now 85,958 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the start of the pandemic. Monday also added 207 possible cases, bringing the total to 22,145.

Wyoming has added an average of 198.3 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days. There are 1,775 active confirmed cases in the state on Monday, 261 fewer than on Friday.

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On Monday, 79 new lab-confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County, bringing the pandemic’s total to 9,916. The number of probable cases has increased by 52 to a total of 5,873.

The COVID-19 hospitalization data had not yet been updated as of 3:00 p.m. Monday. Hospital admissions in Wyoming rose by 11 patients to 171 on Friday. Case numbers have declined overall since the pandemic peak of 249 on Oct. 21.

The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had 46 COVID-19 patients on Friday. Wyoming Medical Center had 47 COVID-19 patients and had zero of 20 ICU beds available.

No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported on Monday, after 55 were reported last Tuesday. There are 1,298 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents. These are deaths “where COVID-19 is listed as the underlying or primary cause of death or as a contributing cause of death,” explains the WDH.

The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variant cases rose by 13 on Monday to 5,661. Several cases involve a mutated form of the virus, and some can spread more easily or result in more serious illness.

The WDH says its variant dashboard may be underestimating the number of variant cases in Wyoming: “Not all positive tests are sequenced to identify which variant of COVID-19 caused disease.”

There were 83,426 recoveries from lab-confirmed cases and 21,229 recoveries from probable cases as of Monday.

“A lab-confirmed or probable case is defined as recovered when fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications and there has been improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) within 24 hours AND at least 10 days have passed. since the symptoms first appeared,” the WDH says. “Cases with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have had no symptoms are considered recovered when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test and who have not had subsequent illness, provided they remain asymptomatic.”

WDH Public Information Officer Kim Deti explained that the department marks people as recovered once the date of their isolation order has passed. People who test positive are asked to remain in isolation for 10 days after their first symptoms, 10 days after their test is taken, or longer if they are still showing symptoms.

If people need to be isolated for longer than their initial isolation period, they can contact the WDH, who can extend their isolation order. Deti said that in some cases, contact tracing indicates whether a case is considered recovered, while in others the department considers someone recovered after their isolation period has ended.

County-specific COVID-19 information is available from the Wyoming Department of Health. Confirmed cases by province are as follows (probable cases in parentheses):

  • Albania: 5,653 (962)
  • Great Horn: 1,676 (421)
  • Campbell: 8,096 (918)
  • Carbon: 2,663 (338)
  • Reverse: 892 (1,389)
  • Crook: 742 (218)
  • Fremont: 7,892 (1,437)
  • Goshen: 2,332 (247)
  • Hot Springs: 655 (230)
  • Johnson: 859 (418)
  • Laramie: 12,834 (3,978)
  • Lincoln: 2,364 (546)
  • Natrona: 9,916 (5,873)
  • Niobrara: 209 (240)
  • Parking: 4,681 (640)
  • Map: 1,029 (439)
  • Sheridan: 4,321 (1,331)
  • Sublet: 1,114 (332)
  • Freshwater: 7,229 (718)
  • Teton: 5,185 (124)
  • Uinta: 3,435 (530)
  • Washakie: 1,297 (522)
  • Weston: 884 (294)