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Daily Wyoming coronavirus update: 49 new cases, 28 new recoveries
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Daily Wyoming COVID-19 update

Daily Wyoming coronavirus update: 49 new cases, 28 new recoveries

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Coronavirus specimen collection kits arrive at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory in Cheyenne for sorting by the COVID-19 Surge Team on Sept. 4. The lab covers the cost of shipping and receives daily shipments from health care centers. The samples arrive in one day and roughly 80% of the samples are tested the same day they arrive at the facility.

On Sunday, 44 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily update. The department announced five new probable cases.

Twenty-two new confirmed recoveries were announced. Six new probable recoveries were announced.

There are now 3,679 confirmed cases, 667 probable cases, 3,211 confirmed recoveries and 557 probable recoveries in Wyoming.

Forty-two Wyomingites have died after contracting COVID-19.

In Natrona County, 307 confirmed cases and 61 probable cases have been recorded. That includes eight new confirmed cases and four new probable cases on Sunday.

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. State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist is expected to extend the current orders soon.

Cases tapered off somewhat in August but have trended back up and down since then.

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.

 

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