By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming’s total of active coronavirus cases fell by 13 on Wednesday as the number of recoveries exceeded the number of new cases seen around the state.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 39 new coronavirus cases, both laboratory-confirmed and probable, were reported Wednesday, while doctors recorded a total of 52 recoveries during the day.
The numbers brought the total number of active cases to 582, including 485 among patients with laboratory-confirmed cases and 97 with probable cases.
Laramie County had the highest number of active cases at 113; Fremont County had 89; Teton County had 59; Carbon had 47; Sweetwater had 44; Park had 41; Uinta had 40; Lincoln and Natrona had 33; Albany had 28; Campbell had 19; Sublette had 15; Sheridan had eight; Goshen had four; Big Horn and Hot Springs had three, and Converse, Platte and Weston had one.
Crook, Johnson, Niobrara and Washakie counties had no active cases.
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.
The 39 new infections included 36 laboratory-confirmed cases and three probable cases. 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.
The new laboratory-confirmed cases came from 13 counties: Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta. Laramie County saw the biggest increase at nine.
The increase brought the number of people infected with coronavirus since the pandemic began to 2,628, including 2,172 laboratory-confirmed cases and 456 probable cases.
The number of people to recover from the illness since mid-March, 2,022, includes 1,663 patients with laboratory-confirmed cases and 359 with probable cases.