By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming’s confirmed coronavirus count topped 600 on Thursday with the discovery of 12 new cases in six counties, including the first case reported in Platte County.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said new cases were reported in Fremont, Hot Springs, Natrona, Platte, Uinta and Washakie counties.
As of Thursday afternoon, Fremont County had 213 cases; Laramie County had 121; Teton County had 69; Natrona County had 54; Campbell and Sweetwater had 17; Washakie had 16; Converse had 14; Johnson and Sheridan had 12; Lincoln had 11; Albany and Uinta had 10; Carbon had nine; Hot Springs had 7; Crook had five; Goshen had four, and Big Horn and Park had two. Niobrara, Platte and Sublette had one case each.
The new case in Platte County leaves Weston as the only county in Wyoming without a coronavirus case.
So far, only 3.2% of the 18,638 Wyoming residents tested for coronavirus have had positive results, well below the national average of 13%.
The number of coronavirus patients to have recovered since the illness was first detected in Wyoming also increased by 12 on Thursday to total 546. The total includes 402 recoveries among patients with confirmed coronavirus cases and 144 among patients with probable cases.
Probable cases are defined as those in which a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a laboratory-confirmed case, but has not been tested for the illness.
The number of active cases on Thursday was 245. The number is reached by subtracting the total number of recoveries from the total number of both confirmed and probable cases and then subtracting the number of Wyoming deaths related to coronavirus.
According to the Health Department numbers, there are 196 cases among patients with laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus and 49 among patients with suspected cases.