By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Sixteen Wyoming counties reported 70 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus Thursday, pushing the number of active cases in the state back over 600.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said the confirmed cases, along with 16 new probable cases and only 29 recoveries, combined to give the state an active case total of 603, an increase of 54 from Wednesday.
As recently as Tuesday, the state had only 467 active cases, but in the last two days, 174 new confirmed cases have been reported.
As of Thursday, Albany County had 125 active cases; Natrona County had 97; Laramie County had 51; Sheridan had 49; Fremont had 44; Converse had 35; Teton had 33; Park had 23; Campbell had 20; Goshen and Uinta had 18; Crook and Lincoln had 17; Carbon and Sublette had 14; Platte had 11; Sweetwater had five; Washakie had four; Hot Springs and Weston had three, and Big Horn and Johnson had one.
The active cases were divided among 493 people with confirmed cases and 110 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.
Increases in confirmed cases were reported in Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Fremont, Hot Springs, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Washakie counties.
Albany and Natrona County both posted double-digit gains in new cases, 16 and 11, respectively.
The increases bring to 3,936 the total number of confirmed cases diagnosed since the pandemic began.
The number of probable cases seen since March was set at 716 on Thursday, an increase of 16 from Wednesday.
Of the 4,652 people infected with coronavirus, 4,000 have recovered, the Department of Health said, including 3,394 with confirmed cases and 606 with probable cases.