By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of people to recover from the coronavirus virus since it was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March grew by 22 on Wednesday to far outnumber the new cases in the state.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said two new cases were reported in Wyoming on Wednesday — one in Fremont County and one in Sweetwater — while 22 patients were listed as recovered.
However, Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state’s public health officer, said the state is not “out of the woods” yet and that Wyoming should expect more cases and more deaths from the virus.
She added there are some bright spots, such as a decline in the percentage of positive cases and increased testing. However, she said the state still needs to exercise caution.
The increase brings to 714 the number of people to have recovered from the illness, including 544 with laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus and 170 with probable cases.
The number of active cases in Wyoming fell to 186 on Wednesday as a result, including 144 among those with confirmed cases of coronavirus and 42 among those with probable cases.
As of Wednesday, the state has seen a total of 703 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began.
Fremont County had 253 cases; Laramie County had 122 cases; Teton County had 69 cases; Natrona had 65 cases; Washakie County had 32 cases; Albany and Sweetwater had 23; Campbell has 18; Converse and Johnson had 14; Sheridan had 12; Lincoln had 11; Uinta had 10; Carbon had nine; Hot Springs had eight; Big Horn and Crook had five; Goshen had four, and Park had two. Niobrara, Platte, Sublette and Weston counties all had one case each.
The number of probable cases on Wednesday stood at 212. Probable cases are defined as those where a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of the illness, but has not been tested for it.