Health department reports 21 new coronavirus cases in Wyoming; total rises to 187
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Health department reports 21 new coronavirus cases in Wyoming; total rises to 187

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Tests are safety stored after being conducted during the free COVID-19 testing Friday, April 3, 2020, in Dotsero, Colo. (Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily via AP)

Health officials have identified 21 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday in Wyoming, bringing the state's total to 187. 

Nine new cases were reported in Fremont County. Other counties that saw new cases include: Laramie (2), Teton (4), Natrona (2), Sheridan (1), Campbell (1), Sweetwater (1) and Uinta (1).

Patients have tested positive for coronavirus in 17 of Wyoming's 23 counties. Wyoming remains the only state without a known death of a coronavirus patient.

Forty-nine people who tested positive have recovered so far, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. About 12 percent of the cases required a hospital stay. In about 24 percent of the cases, health officials don't know if the patient was hospitalized.

The 21 new cases is the second-highest one day total for the state. 

Wyoming became the last state to confirm its 100th case of coronavirus Tuesday, when health officials announced 24 positive tests — the largest one-day total. 

Sixteen cases were announced Thursday, the state's first string of three consecutive days with double-digit cases.

While Wyoming's case count ranks among the smallest in the U.S., the state's per capita total outpaces more than a dozen other states.

In about 22 percent of Wyoming's cases, health officials don't how the person was exposed to the virus. In 22 percent of the cases, the patient came in contact with a known case. In another 24 percent of the cases, the patient had traveled either domestically or internationally. Community spread has been attributed to about 4 percent of the cases.

Total cases in Wyoming by county

  • Laramie: 42
  • Teton: 36
  • Fremont: 36
  • Natrona: 23
  • Sheridan:11
  • Johnson: 8
  • Campbell: 7
  • Albany: 4
  • Carbon: 4
  • Sweetwater: 4
  • Converse: 3
  • Washakie: 2
  • Goshen: 2
  • Uinta: 2
  • Park: 1
  • Sublette: 1
  • Lincoln: 1
  • Hot Springs: 0 (previously counted as 1)

Rate of spread

This graph shows the rate at which confirmed cases in Wyoming have been announced, as well as the number of patients who have fully recovered.

Keep in mind, however, that state and medical officials say the true number of COVID-19 cases is surely higher than the official number due to testing limitations.

Testing statistics

The Wyoming Department of Health has published the following data:

As of Thursday evening, there have been 3,132 tests performed for COVID-19 in Wyoming.

  • Wyoming Public Health Labratory: 2,226
  • CDC: 1
  • Commercial labs: 905

National cases

There have been more than 300,000 cases nationally, with more than 8,100 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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