The total number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 30 on Thursday, with the number of confirmed cases rising by 22 and the number of probable cases rising by eight, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily update.
Eleven of the newly confirmed cases are in Uinta County, which has spiked to 98 confirmed cases after beginning the month with nine. Additionally, three cases were confirmed in Fremont County; two cases were confirmed in both Laramie and Park counties; and one case each was confirmed in Natrona, Sublette, Sweetwater and Teton counties.
The new probable cases are in Laramie (four), Carbon, Fremont, Natrona and Uinta counties.
Eight new coronavirus recoveries were also announced: seven confirmed and one probable.
Probable cases are defined by officials as close contacts of lab-confirmed cases with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
A patient is considered fully 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 72 hours AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
There are now 1,144 cases — 906 confirmed and 238 probable — and 870 recoveries — 674 confirmed and 196 probable — recorded in the state, as well as 18 deaths.
As of Thursday, there have been 34,190 tests performed for COVID-19 in Wyoming: 17,093 from the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory and 17,097 reported by other labs.
Less than three-quarters of confirmed patients have fully recovered, a number that grows to 76% when factoring in probable figures.
Patients have tested positive for coronavirus in all 23 of Wyoming’s counties. Wyoming has the third-lowest recorded number of coronavirus deaths of any state (Alaska and Hawaii), and its death rate (3 per 100,000 residents) is fourth-lowest to Montana, Alaska and Hawaii, according to the New York Times. The state’s infection rate (192 in 100,000) is seventh-lowest among states, also according to the Times, which includes probable counts where they exist.
Less than 11% of Wyoming’s cases required a hospital stay. In 24.3% of the cases, health officials don’t know if the patient was hospitalized.
The virus has disproportionately affected people of color throughout the United States, a trend that is also reflected in Wyoming’s data. Half of confirmed cases in Wyoming are white, 30.6% are American Indian, 12.4% are Hispanic, 1.1% are black, 0.6% are Asian, and 0.4% are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. The racial identities of 6.1% of confirmed cases in Wyoming are not known, and 3.5% of confirmed cases identified as other races. According to 2019 census estimates, Wyoming’s population is 83.8% white (not Hispanic/Latino), 10.1% Hispanic/Latino, 2.7% American Indian/Alaska Native, 1.3% black, 1.1% Asian and 2.2% two or more races.
In 49.6% of the cases, the patient came in contact with a known case. Community spread has been attributed to 18.4% of the cases. In another 10.2% of the cases, the patient had traveled either domestically or internationally. The Health Department attributes 6% of cases to communal living. In 9.1% of Wyoming’s cases, health officials don’t how the person was exposed to the virus, and 9.7% of cases are pending investigation.
Officials have cautioned that the reported numbers are low because of testing limitations, though the availability of testing has increased.
On April 2, the Wyoming Department of Health began restricting testing to six priority categories; potential patients who don’t fall in one of those categories had to be tested by private laboratories. However, the department announced April 23 that it would be able to resume testing patients outside of those six categories, although priority patients’ samples remain at the front of the line.
Cases in Wyoming by county (probable in parentheses)
Albany: 26 (2)
Big Horn: 9 (2)
Campbell: 33 (13)
Carbon: 13 (9)
Converse: 14 (10)
Fremont: 285 (34)
Goshen: 4 (1)
Hot Springs: 9 (3)
Johnson: 15 (4)
Laramie: 131 (72)
Lincoln: 11 (4)
Natrona: 75 (15)
Niobrara: 1 (1)
Sheridan: 15 (4)
Sublette: 2 (2)
Sweetwater: 36 (8)
Teton: 77 (31)
Uinta: 98 (18)
Washakie: 34 (5)
Deaths in Wyoming by county
Rate of spread
There have been more than 2.1 million cases nationally, with about 118,000 deaths, according to the New York Times’ running count.
Know the symptoms
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is a respiratory illness. Its symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Symptoms appear within two weeks. If you have contact with a person who has COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days.
Follow the Wyoming Health Department’s tips
Stay home when sick and avoid contact with other people unless you need medical attention.
Follow advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do if you think you may be sick.
Follow current public health orders.
Follow commonsense steps such as washing your hands often and well, covering your coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting.
Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other healthcare facilities should closely follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.
Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.
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