By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming topped 1,000 on Sunday as every county but three reported new confirmed cases of the illness.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 162 new confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported Sunday in 20 counties, the largest single-day increase seen since the first coronavirus case was detected in Wyoming in mid-March.
The increase, along with an increase of six in probable cases, left the state with 1,064 active cases, 128 higher than Saturday’s total.
Albany County had 215 active cases as of Sunday; Natrona County had 152; Fremont had 93; Sheridan had 81; Laramie had 77; Campbell had 75; Teton had 60; Lincoln had 47; Park had 43; Goshen had 35; Converse had 34; Sublette had 27; Carbon had 25; Uinta had 21; Crook had 18; Sweetwater had 15; Weston had 14; Platte had 12; Big Horn and Johnson had seven; Washakie had three; Hot Springs had two, and Niobrara had one.
The active cases were found in 906 patients with confirmed cases of coronavirus and 158 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.
Every Wyoming county but three — Niobrara, Platte and Weston — reported new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, with 162 new cases recorded to bring the number of confirmed cases seen since the pandemic began to 4,780.
Albany County had the largest increase in cases with 26, while Natrona had 24.
The number of probable cases recorded since mid-March stood at 853 on Sunday, an increase of six from Saturday’s numbers. A probable case is one where the patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case, but has not been tested for the illness.
Of the 5,633 people diagnosed with either confirmed or probable coronavirus cases since mid-March, 4,519 have recovered, the department said, including 3,824 with confirmed cases and 695 with probable cases.