Wyoming’s confirmed coronavirus case count grew by 17 to total 349 on Friday and officials said much of the increase could be traced to increased testing in Fremont County and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 13 new cases were reported in Fremont County on Friday. New cases were also seen in Crook, Laramie and Teton counties.
Mike Jones, the public information officer for the Fremont County Incident Management Team, said much of the increase in his county was the result of increased testing and contract tracing by medical staffers at Fremont County and reservation clinics.
“With this increase, we will see a larger than average increase in positives listed on the state (daily update),” he wrote in a news release. “We expect 10 or more positives to show up.”
As of Friday afternoon, Laramie County had 83 cases; Fremont County had 66; Teton County had 64; Natrona County had 39; Campbell County had 14; Sheridan County had 12; Johnson Coujnty had 11; Converse and Sweetwater had 10; Albany, Lincoln and Uinta had six; Crook and Washakie had five; Carbon had four, and Goshen had three. Big Horn, Hot Springs, Niobrara, Park and Sublette counties each had one case.
The number of confirmed and “probable” recoveries also increased, the department said, growing by 42 on Friday to total 321 — 235 confirmed by laboratories and 86 considered “probable.”