CASPER, Wyo.- The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 338 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its Thursday, Nov. 18 update at 3 p.m.
There are now 86,621 confirmed cases in Wyoming since the start of the pandemic. Thursday also added 92 new suspected cases, bringing the total to 22,462.
Wyoming has added an average of 191.9 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days. There are 1,607 active confirmed cases in the state, 31 more than on Wednesday.
In Natrona County, 58 new lab-confirmed cases were reported Thursday, bringing the pandemic’s total to 10,003. The number of probable cases has increased by 30 to a total of 5,984.
There were 148 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state on Thursday, the same number as Wednesday and down from 157 on Tuesday. The peak number of hospital admissions in Wyoming reached 249 on October 21.
There were 47 COVID-19 patients at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and 34 at Wyoming Medical Center on Thursday.
No additional COVID-19 deaths were reported on Thursday, after 49 were reported on Tuesday. There have been 1,347 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents since the start of the pandemic. 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 stands at 6,767. 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 83,959 recoveries from lab-confirmed cases and 21,510 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 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: 5,705 (974)
- Great Horn: 1,685 (424)
- Campbell: 8,139 (918)
- Carbon: 2,676 (347)
- Reverse: 897 (1,398)
- Crook: 758 (222)
- Fremont: 7,920 (1,443)
- Goshen: 2,356 (254)
- Hot Springs: 655 (232)
- Johnson: 888 (428)
- Laramie: 12,970 (4,057)
- Lincoln: 2,379 (551)
- Natrona: 10,003 (5,984)
- Niobrara: 228 (244)
- Parking space: 4,709 (648)
- Map: 1.042 (446)
- Sheridan: 4,352 (1,345)
- Sublet: 1120 (345)
- Freshwater: 7,272 (722)
- Teton: 5,220 (124)
- Uinta: 3,461 (535)
- Washakie: 1,295 (526)
- Weston: 891 (295)
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.