CASPER, Wyo.- The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 594 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state since Wednesday, during its weekday update on Friday, Nov. 12.
There are now 85,545 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the start of the pandemic. On Friday, 191 suspected cases were also added, bringing the total to 21,938.
Wyoming has added an average of 222.9 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days. There were 1,775 active confirmed cases in the state on Friday,
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On Friday, 93 new lab-confirmed cases were reported in Natrona County, bringing the pandemic’s total to 9,837. The number of probable cases has increased by 35 to a total of 5,821.
The COVID-19 hospitalization data had not yet been updated as of 4:00 p.m. Friday. Hospital admissions in Wyoming fell to 162 on Wednesday, from 165 on Tuesday. The number of hospital admissions remains below the pandemic record of 249 on October 21.
The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had the highest number of COVID-19 patients on Wednesday at 43. 11 of the 25 beds in the CRMC’s intensive care unit were open. Wyoming Medical Center had 41 COVID-19 patients and had zero of 20 ICU beds available.
No additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported on Friday, after 55 were reported on 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 28 to 5,648 on Friday. 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 82,753 recoveries from lab-confirmed cases on Tuesday, as well as 20,900 recoveries from probable cases.
“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 other cases, 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: 5,615 (950)
- Great Horn: 1,672 (419)
- Campbell: 8,067 (906)
- Carbon: 2,650 (337)
- Reverse: 890 (1,380)
- Crook: 740 (216)
- Fremont: 7,851 (1433)
- Goshen: 2,322 (245)
- Hot Springs: 654 (230)
- Johnson: 856 (415)
- Laramie: 12,761 (3,901)
- Lincoln: 2,347 (544)
- Natrona: 9,837 (5,821)
- Niobrara: 209 (239)
- Parking: 4,672 (630)
- Map: 1,019 (439)
- Sheridan: 4,302 (1,327)
- Sublet: 1,109 (329)
- Freshwater: 7,198 (710)
- Teton: 5,177 (124)
- Uinta: 3,423 (527)
- Washakie: 1,292 (523)
- Weston: 882 (293)
The Wyoming Department of Health provides online COVID-19 data on cases, variants, deaths, testing, hospitals, and vaccines. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. Safety recommendations for COVID-19 are available from the CDC.