On Saturday, 142 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily update. The department announced nine new probable cases.
Fifty-five new confirmed recoveries were announced. Ten new probable recoveries were announced.
There are now 7,479 confirmed cases, 1,337 probable cases, 5,594 confirmed recoveries and 965 probable recoveries in Wyoming.
Fifty-seven Wyomingites have died after contracting COVID-19.
In Natrona County, 811 confirmed cases and 149 probable cases have been recorded. That includes 19 new confirmed and three new probable cases locally.
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.
Cases plateaued in Wyoming in late spring before beginning a spike in mid-June. That surge brought about an increase in the rate of reported coronavirus patients not yet seen here since the pandemic began. As a result, state health officials decided against their plans to eliminate almost all coronavirus restrictions.
Cases tapered off somewhat in August but spiked to new levels starting in September.
While Gov. Mark Gordon has said he is not considering a statewide face mask requirement, he has urged the state’s residents to wear them.
The symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Symptoms appear within two weeks. Health officials recommend self-isolating for two weeks if you have contact with a person who has the illness.