A record number of coronavirus recoveries were announced by the Wyoming Department of Health on Tuesday: 65 confirmed and 70 total.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 36, with the number of confirmed cases rising by 28 and the number of probable cases rising by eight, according to the department’s daily update.
The new confirmed cases are in Carbon (two), Converse, Crook, Fremont (three), Goshen, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona (four), Sheridan, Sublette (two), Sweetwater, Teton (four), Uinta (two) and Washakie (four) counties.
The 28 confirmed cases are the fewest announced on a weekday since July 15. (Testing numbers tend to dip on weekends.)
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 2,884 cases — 2,392 confirmed and 492 probable — and 2,284 recoveries — 1,900 confirmed and 384 probable — recorded in the state, as well as 27 deaths.
As of Tuesday, there have been 78,634 tests performed for COVID-19 in Wyoming: 39,044 from the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory and 39,590 reported by other labs. In total, 54,751 people have been tested.
More than 79% of confirmed patients have fully recovered — close to a record high for that number.
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 (5 per 100,000 residents) is third-lowest to Alaska and Hawaii, according to the New York Times. The state’s infection rate (492 in 100,000) is eighth-lowest among states, also according to the Times, which includes probable counts where they exist.
Seventeen coronavirus patients in Wyoming are currently hospitalized. Just over 7% of Wyoming’s cases required a hospital stay. In 29.8% 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 59.4% of confirmed cases in Wyoming are white, 16.8% are American Indian, 16.5% are Hispanic, 1.3% are Black, 0.8% are Asian, and 0.3% are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. The racial identities of 4.3% of confirmed cases in Wyoming are not known, and 5.5% 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 49.4% of the cases, the patient came in contact with a known case. Community spread has been attributed to 19.2% of the cases. In another 12% of the cases, the patient had traveled either domestically or internationally. The Health Department attributes 3.1% of cases to communal living. In 7% of Wyoming’s cases, health officials don’t how the person was exposed to the virus, and 13.2% of cases are pending investigation.
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