The total number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 37 on Tuesday, with the number of confirmed cases rising by 33 and the number of probable cases rising by four, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily update.
The newly confirmed cases come from Park (11), Big Horn (six), Lincoln (six), Laramie (four), Sweetwater (three), Teton (two), Campbell, Natrona and Sheridan counties. Two confirmed cases were subtracted from Fremont County’s total.
Twenty-seven new coronavirus recoveries were also announced: 17 confirmed and 10 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.
The 33 confirmed cases are the second most added in a single day. Wyoming has had more new coronavirus cases (584, confirmed and probable) in June than in any other month. The Wyoming Department of Health is categorizing the state’s rate of new cases as “concerning,” or red in its tri-color system. All other categories are yellow (“stable”) except for the percentage of all tests that are positive, which is green (“improved”).
There are now 1,487 cases — 1,184 confirmed and 303 probable — and 1,097 recoveries — 860 confirmed and 237 probable — recorded in the state, as well as 20 deaths.
As of Monday, there have been 45,310 tests performed for COVID-19 in Wyoming, an increase of 2,908 from Friday: 22,668 from the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory and 22,642 reported by other labs.
Less than 73% of confirmed patients have fully recovered, a number that grows to 73.8% 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 (251 in 100,000) is eighth-lowest among states, also according to the Times, which includes probable counts where they exist.
Less than 10% of Wyoming’s cases required a hospital stay. In 25.9% of the cases, health officials don’t know if the patient was hospitalized. As of Tuesday, there were six COVID patients hospitalized in Wyoming.
The virus has disproportionately affected people of color throughout the United States, a trend that is also reflected in Wyoming’s data. More than 54.1% of confirmed cases in Wyoming are white, 26.4% are American Indian, 15% are Hispanic, 1.2% are Black, 0.6% are Asian, and 0.6% are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander The racial identities of 5.6% of confirmed cases in Wyoming are not known, and 3.9% 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 49.8% of the cases, the patient came in contact with a known case. Community spread has been attributed to 18.8% of the cases. In another 10.6% of the cases, the patient had traveled either domestically or internationally. The Health Department attributes 4.6% of cases to communal living. In 8.4% of Wyoming’s cases, health officials don’t how the person was exposed to the virus, and 10.7% of cases are pending investigation.
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