By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming saw its 13th consecutive day of double-digit growth in new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, with 34 new cases reported from almost half of the state’s counties.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus report, said 11 counties reported new laboratory-confirmed cases: Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Sweetwater and Uinta. Sweetwater County had the highest number of new cases at eight.
The increase, the second-largest seen since the illness reached the state in mid-March, brought the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases seen since the pandemic began to 1,267.
As of Friday, the number of laboratory-confirmed cases seen since March was 323 in Fremont County; 184 in Laramie County; 145 in Uinta County; 116 in Natrona County; 103 in Teton County; 91 in Sweetwater; 54 in Park; 45 in Campbell; 34 in Washakie; 32 in Albany; 28 in Lincoln; 19 in Sheridan; 17 in Big Horn; 16 in Converse and Johnson; 14 in Carbon; nine in Hot Springs; seven in Crook; five in Goshen; three in Platte and Sublette; two in Weston, and one in Niobrara.
The Department of Health’s total case figures account for all cases seen since the illness was first detected in Wyoming. They do not take into account the recoveries or the 20 deaths caused by the coronavirus.
The number of probable cases in Wyoming, those where a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been exposed to the illness but has not been tested for it, was set at 315 seen since mid-March.
The number of recoveries recorded since the pandemic began increased by 15 on Friday to total 1,154, including 903 among patients with confirmed cases and 251 among those with probable cases.
The number left the state’s total of active cases at 410. Of those, 346 involve patients with laboratory-confirmed cases and 64 involve patients with probable cases.