By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Forty new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in Wyoming on Tuesday, along with 11 new probable cases, but an increase in recoveries kept growth in the number of active cases in the state to eight.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus seen since the illness was first detected in Wyoming stood at 1,830 on Tuesday, an increase of 40 from Monday.
New cases were reported in Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Fremont, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta counties. Sweetwater saw the biggest increase at 13.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Fremont County continued to have the largest number of laboratory-confirmed cases seen since the pandemic began, 378.
Laramie County had 264; Teton County had 190; Uinta County had 182; Sweetwater County had 181; Natrona County had 154; Park had 80; Campbell had 78; Albany had 66; Lincoln had 48; Washakie had 39; Sheridan had 31; Big Horn had 28; Carbon had 25; Converse had 19; Johnson had 18; Sublette had 12; Hot Springs had 11; Crook and Goshen had nine; Weston had four; Platte had three, and Niobrara had one.
At the same time, the number of probable cases in the state grew by 11 to total 408. A probable case is defined as one where the patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with a person with a confirmed case, but has not been tested.
However, the number of active cases in the state went up only by eight to total 521, including 436 cases involving patients with confirmed cases and 85 involving those with probable cases.
Limiting the growth in active cases was an increase of 42 in the number of people to have recovered from the illness from the time the pandemic began. The department said 1,694 people have recovered from the illness since mid-March, including 1,371 patients with confirmed cases and 323 with probable cases.
Recovery is defined as when a patient has gone three days without a fever and has seen improvement in respiratory problems.
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 25 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.