By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
A second day of near-record growth in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the state pushed the number of those cases seen since the pandemic began over 7,000 on Thursday.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus roundup, said 175 new confirmed cases were reported Thursday, a new figure for the second-highest single-day increase seen since the disease was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March. An increase of 174 new cases was reported Wednesday.The new cases brought the total number of confirmed cases seen since mid-March to 7,089.
At the same time, the number of reported recoveries increased by 99 and the number of probable cases grew by 23 to leave the state with 1,958 active cases Thursday, an increase of 99 over Wednesday.
Laramie County had 326 active cases Thursday; Albany County had 316; Natrona County had 232; Fremont County had 172; Sheridan County had 150; Campbell had 145; Park had 135; Lincoln had 92; Converse had 52; Teton had 43; Goshen had 42; Big Horn had 41; Carbon had 39; Sweetwater had 34; Platte had 28; Crook had 25; Weston had 24; Uinta had 20; Johnson had 18; Washakie had 17; Sublette had five, and Hot Springs had two.
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.
New confirmed cases were reported in 18 counties Thursday. Laramie County had the highest number of new cases at 39, while Natrona County reported 32 new cases.
The increase in probable cases, those where a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case but has not been tested for the illness, brought the total seen since the pandemic began to 1,286.
The report of 99 recoveries brought the number of people to recover from laboratory-confirmed or probable cases since mid-March to 6,360.Also increasing Thursday was the number of people hospitalized for treatment of the coronavirus. The Department of Health reported 51 coronavirus patients were in 12 hospitals Thursday, compared to 45 patients being treated Wednesday.
The Wyoming Medical Center in Casper had the highest number of COVID patients, 19.