By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
More than 100 new confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported in the state Wednesday as almost three-quarters of the state’s counties reported new cases.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 17 counties reported 104 new confirmed cases Wednesday, the largest single-day increase in cases seen since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March.
Kim Deti, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health, said the new cases are coming from a variety of sources.
“Recent cases have involved workplaces, social gatherings, the university, community colleges and schools,” she said in an email.
Some counties reported double-digit increases in new cases. Natrona County reported 23 new cases; Albany County reported 15; Sheridan reported 13 and Converse reported 12.
The increase in confirmed cases, combined with 24 new probable cases, pushed the number of active coronavirus cases in the state back over 500.
Department figures showed the number of active cases in the state grew by 82 on Wednesday to total 549.
Albany County had 109 active cases; Natrona had 86; Laramie had 50; Sheridan had 49; Fremont had 38; Converse had 33; Teton had 30; Park had 25; Campbell had 19; Goshen had 18; Crook had 17; Lincoln, Sublette and Uinta had 14; Carbon and Platte had nine; Weston had four; Sweetwater and Washakie had three; Hot Springs and Johnson had two, and Big Horn had one.
The active cases were seen among 451 people with confirmed cases and 98 with probable 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 increase in confirmed cases Wednesday brings the total number of confirmed cases diagnosed since mid-March to 3,866.
The number of probable cases, those where patients have coronavirus symptoms and have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case but have not been tested for the illness, went up by 24 Wednesday to total 700 since the pandemic began.
Recoveries also increased Wednesday, growing by 46 to push the number of people to recover from the illness to 3,971, including 3,369 people with confirmed cases and 602 with probable cases.