CHEYENNE, Wyo.— The Wyoming Department of Health reported an additional 371 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state during its 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 14 update.
The new cases reported Monday brought the total number of confirmed cases in Wyoming to 67,343 since the pandemic began.
There are 2,731 active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming. The state has been adding an average of 373.4 new confirmed cases per day over the past 14 days.
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In Wyoming, 267 new probable cases were added Tuesday, bringing the total to 15,120.
39 additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Tuesday. 918 Wyoming residents have reportedly died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began. These are deaths that have COVID-19 listed as either the underlying or primary cause of death or as a contributing cause of death, the WDH explains.
Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Wyoming dropped to 212 on Tuesday, down from 217 on Monday, according to the WDH. COVID hospitalizations are down from the most recent peak of 233 on September 8. Peak hospitalizations so far during the pandemic occurred on Nov. 30, 2020, when there were 247 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals.
There were 46 COVID-19 patients at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on Tuesday and 44 at the Wyoming Medical Center. Four hospitals had no available intensive care unit beds on Tuesday. Five had only one ICU bed open. While ICU beds are not exclusively used to treat COVID-19 patients, when hospitals deal with surges in these patients, that can put a strain on their ability to care for other types of critical-needs patients.
Laramie County added 51 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 10,824 since the pandemic began.
63,846 patients hav reportedly recovered from a confirmed case statewide as of Friday, and 13,892 have recovered from a probable case.
The number of COVID-19 cases identified as variants in the state stands at 2,730. Variant cases involve a mutated form of the virus and some may spread more easily or result in more serious illness.
The WDH says its variant dashboard may underestimate the number of variant cases in Wyoming: “Not all positive tests are sequenced to identify which variation of COVID-19 caused illness.”
“National estimates right now are that about 92% of the virus infections in Wyoming and in our region are due to the Delta variant,” State Health Officer Alexia Harrist told WyoFile in August.
“A lab confirmed or probable case is defined as 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 24 hours AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” the WDH says. “Cases with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms are considered recovered when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test and have had no subsequent illness provided they remain asymptomatic.”
WDH Public Information Officer Kim Deti explained that the department marks people as recovered once their isolation order date has expired. People who test positive are asked to remain in isolation until 10 days after their first symptoms, 10 days after their test was taken, or longer if they are still showing symptoms.
If people need to be isolated longer than their initial isolation period, they can contact the WDH, who can extend their isolation order. Deti said that in some cases, contact tracing informs whether a case is considered recovered while in others, the department counts someone as recovered after their isolation period ends.
County-specific COVID-19 information is available from the Wyoming Department of Health. Confirmed cases by county are as follows (probable cases in parentheses):
- Albany: 4,714 (747)
- Big Horn: 1,216 (283)
- Campbell: 6,216 (657)
- Carbon: 2,010 (265)
- Converse: 717 (975)
- Crook: 564 (93)
- Fremont: 5,796 (1,036)
- Goshen: 1,535 (127)
- Hot Springs: 533 (213)
- Johnson: 632 (363)
- Laramie: 10,875 (2,971)
- Lincoln: 1,737 (352)
- Natrona: 7,470 (3,743)
- Niobrara: 101 (157)
- Park: 3,589 (244)
- Platte: 757 (313)
- Sheridan: 3,298 (961)
- Sublette: 827 (181)
- Sweetwater: 5,821 (454)
- Teton: 4,571 (108)
- Uinta: 2,847 (401)
- Washakie: 867 (281)
- Weston: 650 (195)
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.