By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming saw an increase of 279 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, which brought the total number of cases since the virus first hit the state in mid-March to 12,954. The number of probable cases rose by 86, bringing cumulative probable cases to 2,455.
This week, the state has lost 18 residents to the virus; a total of 105 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.
Thursday’s active cases rose to 5,595, an increase of 157, but the state Health Department also reported 208 recoveries, bringing to 9,709 the number of Wyoming residents who have recovered from covid since March 9,709.
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.
As of Thursday, Laramie County had the state’s highest number of active cases at 892; Albany County had 867; Natrona County had 833; Campbell County had 824; Fremont County had 423; Park County had 269; Sheridan County had 225; Sweetwater County had 155; Lincoln County had 135; Platte County had 133; Teton County had 128; Goshen County had 114; Uinta County had 103; Converse County had 100; Weston County had 87; Carbon County had 67; Johnson County had 57; Crook County had 45; Washakie County had 45; Big Horn County had 43; Sublette County had 29; Niobrara County had 11; and Hot Springs County had ten.
New cases were reported in all but three of Wyoming’s 23 counties: Hot Springs, Johnson and Platte. The highest increases in coronavirus cases were found in Laramie County, which reported 59 new laboratory-confirmed cases, and Fremont County, which reported an increase of 48.