By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Twenty-four new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in eight Wyoming counties on Thursday to bring the total number of cases seen since the illness was first diagnosed in the state to 1,428.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 24 new cases were reported Thursday.
New cases were reported in Big Horn, Fremont, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Sweetwater and Uinta counties. Uinta County had the largest case increase at six.
As of Thursday afternoon, the total number of confirmed cases seen in Fremont County was 336; Laramie County had 202; Uinta County had 160; Natrona County had 133; Teton County had 117; Sweetwater County had 116; Park had 72; Campbell County had 62; Albany had 40; Washakie had 37; Lincoln had 33; Big Horn had 22; Sheridan had 19; Carbon, Converse and Johnson had 16; Hot Springs had nine; Crook and Goshen had seven; Platte and Sublette had three and Niobrara and Weston had one.
The Department of Health’s total confirmed case numbers track only the confirmed cases reported since coronavirus was first detected in Wyoming. They do not take into account recoveries or deaths.
The number of probable cases seen since the illness was first diagnosed in Wyoming grew to 346 on Thursday. A probable case is defined as one where the patient has symptoms of coronavirus and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case, but has not been tested for the illness.
Recoveries seen since the mid-March also increased on Thursday, growing by 22 to total 1,313. The number included recoveries by 1,043 patients with confirmed cases and 270 patients with probable cases.
A recovery is considered to have occurred when a patient goes for three days with no fever and has seen improvement in respiratory problems.
The state had 442 active coronavirus cases on Thursday, including 366 people with confirmed cases and 76 with probable cases.