By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Ten new coronavirus cases surfaced in seven Wyoming counties on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 197.
The Wyoming Department of Health reported that as of Sunday morning, new cases had been detected in Fremont, Laramie, Lincoln, Sheridan, Sweetwater, Teton and Washakie counties.
The biggest increase was seen in Teton County, where three new cases brought the county’s case total to 39.
As of Sunday morning, Laramie County had 43 cases; Teton County had 39; Fremont County had 37; Natrona had 23; Sheridan had 12; Johnson had eight; Campbell had six; Sweetwater had five; Albany, Carbon and Washakie each had four; Converse had three and Goshen, Lincoln and Uinta counties each had two. Crook, Park and Sublette counties had one case each.
However, the Health Department also noted a gain of three from Saturday in the number of coronavirus patients who have fully recovered, with the new total set at 50.
Laramie and Teton counties had the largest recovery numbers at 10 each, while Johnson County recorded seven recoveries and Fremont County recorded six.
Earlier on Sunday, a Lander City Council member painted a grim picture of the ongoing battle against the coronavirus at one of the hardest hit areas in the state.
Cade Maestas said he was invited to Sage West Medical Clinic in Lander to observe medical professionals dealing with COVID-19.
Maestas came away with a dire warning.
“For all of the people that think they know better, for the doubters, for the conspiracy theorists, I tell you I’ve seen it with my own eyes and it’s real,” he said.
“I saw four family members, all unconscious and on ventilators,” he wrote. “The youngest of them was 28 and had no underlying health conditions. It was day 10 for them living on machines.”