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Wyoming confirmed COVID-19 cases approach 600, Laramie County at 121 confirmed cases


Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 have increased to 596 in Wyoming as of 1:15 pm Wednesday, May 20, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

That is an increase of 13 from the total of 583 confirmed cases reported on Tuesday. 1 new COVID-19-related death was also reported Wednesday, bringing the state’s total deaths to 11.

While 193 “probable cases” had been reported in Wyoming as of Tuesday afternoon, the Wyoming Department of Health has revised that number down to 191 as of Wednesday afternoon.

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“Probable Cases include a total count of people who are identified to be a close contact to a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case AND develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days, but are not tested. This count includes probable cases that have recovered,” the WDH says.

Laramie County has seen 121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with 61 “probable cases.”

Recovery numbers, which are reported at this page of the Wyoming Department of Health’s website, had not been updated as of 1:43 pm Wednesday from what was reported on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 528 people were considered recovered from the virus, including 388 with a confirmed case. 146 in Laramie County were considered recovered, including 100 with a confirmed case.

“A 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 72 hours AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” says the WDH.

18,168 tests have been completed overall in Wyoming as of Wednesday afternoon. 8,155 of those tests were completed at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory with the remaining tests completed at other labs, according to the WDH.

That includes 1,435 tests for Laramie County completed at the WPHL and 318 at other labs. The WDH says Laramie County has seen 4.0% of tests come back positive for COVID-19.

Confirmed cases in each county as of Wednesday afternoon are as follows (probable cases in parentheses):

  • Albany: 10 
  • Big Horn: 2 (1)
  • Campbell: 17 (13)
  • Carbon: 9 (7)
  • Converse: 14 (10)
  • Crook: 5
  • Fremont: 209 (24)
  • Goshen: 4 (1)
  • Hot Springs: 6 (2)
  • Johnson: 12 (4)
  • Laramie: 121 (61)
  • Lincoln: 11 (3)
  • Natrona: 53 (13)
  • Niobrara: 1 (1)
  • Park: 2
  • Platte
  • Sheridan: 12 (4)
  • Sublette: 1 (2)
  • Sweetwater: 17 (8)
  • Teton: 69 (31)
  • Uinta: 8 (3)
  • Washakie: 13 (3)
  • Weston

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

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: covid@cnchd.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.