The total number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 34 on Thursday, with the number of confirmed cases rising by 24 and the number of probable cases rising by 10, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily update.
Twenty-two new coronavirus recoveries were also announced: 20 confirmed and two probable.
New cases were confirmed in the following counties: Uinta (6), Fremont (5), Laramie (4), Park (4), Natrona (2), Sweetwater (2), Big Horn (1) and Lincoln (1). One confirmed case was removed from Laramie County’s total.
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 1,774 cases — 1,428 confirmed and 346 probable — and 1,313 recoveries — 1,043 confirmed and 270 probable — recorded in the state, as well as 21 deaths.
As of Wednesday, there have been 53,488 tests performed for COVID-19 in Wyoming: 26,483 from the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory and 27,005 reported by other labs. A total of 38,699 Wyoming residents have been tested.
About 73% of confirmed patients have fully recovered, a number that grows to 74% 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 (289 in 100,000) is eighth-lowest among states, also according to the Times, which includes probable counts where they exist.
Less than 9% of Wyoming’s cases required a hospital stay. In 28.8% 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. More than 56.9% of confirmed cases in Wyoming are white, 23% are American Indian, 15.4% are Hispanic, 1.3% are Black, 0.6% are Asian, and 0.4% are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. The racial identities of 4.8% of confirmed cases in Wyoming are not known, and 4.3% 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 49.5% of the cases, the patient came in contact with a known case. Community spread has been attributed to 19.1% of the cases. In another 10.4% of the cases, the patient had traveled either domestically or internationally. The Health Department attributes 3.8% of cases to communal living. In 8.2% of Wyoming’s cases, health officials don’t know how the person was exposed to the virus, and 11.6% of cases are pending investigation.
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