By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases seen in Wyoming since the illness was first detected here in mid-March grew by 34 on Wednesday, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
The number of probable cases grew as well, by 16, but the total number of new cases was outpaced by a gain of 51 in the number of patients to recover since the pandemic began in mid-March.
The Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 11 counties reported new cases on Wednesday: Albany, Big Horn, Carbon, Fremont, Laramie, Natrona, Park, Platte, Sweetwater, Teton and Washakie. Teton saw the biggest increase, eight.
Since the pandemic began in March, the total number of people to test positive for coronavirus as of Wednesday was 1,864.
Fremont County continued to have the highest cumulative number of confirmed cases at 380; Laramie County had 268; Teton County had 198; Sweetwater County had 188; Uinta County had 182; Natrona County had 155; Park had 84; Campbell had 77; Albany had 67; Lincoln had 48; Washakie had 40; Sheridan had 31; Carbon had 30; Big Horn had 29; Converse had 19; Johnson had 18; Sublette had 12; Hot Springs had 11; Crook and Goshen had nine; Platte and Weston had four, and Niobrara had one.
The number of probable cases went up by 16 to total 424. A probable case is defined as one where a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with confirmed case, but has not been tested for the illness.
Of the total number of people infected with the disease since March, 2,288, the Health Department said 1,745 had recovered as of Wednesday — 1,417 patients with laboratory-confirmed cases and 328 with probable cases.
The recoveries pushed the number of active cases in the state down by one for a total of 520, including 424 laboratory-confirmed cases and 96 probable cases.
Laramie County continued to have the highest number of active cases at 102, followed by Fremont County had 82.
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.