By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming set a record for active coronavirus cases for the sixth consecutive day Friday as the number of active cases increased by 29 to total 920.
The number of active cases in the state has reached new highs every day this week since Sunday.
Friday’s increase came behind reports of 97 new laboratory-confirmed and 18 new probable cases from around the state and despite an increase of 86 in the number of people to recover from the illness Friday.
As of Friday, Albany County had 195 active cases; Natrona County had 128; Fremont had 79; Campbell had 70; Laramie and Sheridan had 66; Teton had 43; Lincoln had 40; Converse had 36; Park had 34; Sublette had 28; Carbon had 24; Goshen and Uinta had 23; Crook had 14; Platte, Sweetwater and Weston had 13; Johnson had five; Big Horn had three; Washakie had two and Hot Springs and Niobrara each had one.
The active cases included 764 people with laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus and 156 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 number of confirmed coronavirus cases went up in 18 counties: Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, Washakie and Weston.
Natrona County saw the largest increase in new confirmed cases at 18.The increase brought the number of laboratory-confirmed cases seen since the illness was diagnosed in Wyoming in mid-March to 4,585.
The number of probable cases increased by 18 Friday to total 835 seen since the pandemic began. A probable case is defined as one where a person has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with a person with a confirmed case, but has not been tested for the illness.
Recoveries seen since mid-March totaled 4,450 on Friday, an increase of 86 from Thursday. The recoveries were seen among 3,771 people with confirmed cases and 679 with probable cases.