By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming climbed by nearly 200 on Friday to total 1,549 as the state saw a second consecutive day of a record number of new confirmed cases.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 195 new confirmed cases were reported Friday, along with 48 new probable cases. The report came one day after the previous record for new confirmed cases, 165, was set.
Combined with new reports of 129 additional recoveries, the numbers pushed the total of active cases in the state up by 114 from Thursday to total 1,549.
Albany County had 273 active cases, Laramie County had 206; Natrona had 179; Fremont had 147; Sheridan had 115; Campbell had 107; Lincoln had 85; Park had 67; Teton had 55; Sweetwater had 54; Converse had 45; Big Horn, Carbon and Goshen had 37; Platte had 23; Uinta had 20; Crook and Weston had 16; Johnson and Sublette had nine; Washakie had eight, and Hot Springs had four.
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.
Seventeen counties reported new laboratory-confirmed cases, with Albany County seeing the highest number of new cases at 37, to bring the total number of confirmed cases seen since the first coronavirus case was detected in March to 6,226.
The number of probable cases, meanwhile, increased by 48 to total 1,109 since March.
Recoveries seen since the beginning of the pandemic totaled 5,732 on Friday, an increase of 129 from Thursday.