By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 14 on Sunday to total 489.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, also reported that the number of laboratory-confirmed cases seen since COVID-19 was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March went up by 15 on Sunday to total 1,728.
New cases were reported in five counties: Hot Springs, Laramie, Sweetwater, Teton and Washakie. Teton County saw the largest increase at 11.
As of Sunday, Fremont County had seen 369 confirmed cases since the coronavirus pandemic began; Laramie County had 251 cases; Uinta County had 180 cases; Teton County had 172; Sweetwater had 160; Natrona had 150; Park had 80; Campbell had 74; Albany had 51; Lincoln had 42; Washakie had 39; Sheridan had 30; Big Horn had 27; Carbon had 19; Converse and Johnson had 18; Hot Springs and Sublette had 11; Crook and Goshen had nine; Weston had four; Platte had three, and Niobrara had one.
The number of recoveries reported among the patients infected since mid-March went up by four on Sunday to total 1,615, with 1,303 recoveries seen among people with laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus and 312 among those with probable cases.
A recovery is defined as when a patient has gone three days without a fever and has seen improvement in respiratory difficulties.
A probable case is one in which a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a known case, but has not been tested for the illness. Since mid-March, 398 probable cases have been reported.
The number of active cases stood at 489 on Sunday, including 403 patients with confirmed cases and 86 with probable cases. Laramie County had the highest number of active cases at 93, followed by Fremont County with 85.
Niobrara and Platte counties had no active cases as of Sunday.
Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.
Although 24 Wyoming residents have died as a result of the virus, two of those patients were living in Colorado at the time they were diagnosed with the illness and they were not counted as confirmed cases in Wyoming.
This story was updated at 1:15 p.m. Monday, July 20, to remove references to a coronavirus death reported by the Health Department on Sunday. The department inadvertently posted an incorrect fatality number to its website. The number of Wyoming residents to have died from coronavirus remains at 24.