By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
A record number of reports of recoveries among people diagnosed with confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus pushed the number of active cases in the state below 11,000 on Friday.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said it had received 1,412 reports of recoveries among coronavirus patients Friday.
At the same time, the number of confirmed cases increased by 858 and the state received reports of 102 new probable cases.
The result was a second consecutive day of declines in the number of active cases in the state as the total number of people who still have the illness fell to 10,637, a decline of 452 from Thursday. The number of active cases also fell Thursday, by 279.
Natrona County had 2,338 active cases Friday; Laramie County had 1,523; Albany County had 1,403; Campbell County had 1,250; Fremont had 703; Sheridan had 463; Sweetwater had 384; Uinta had 329; Goshen had 314; Park had 297; Lincoln had 218; Teton had 173; Carbon had 172; Weston had 169; Platte had 152; Johnson had 133; Washakie had 117; Converse had 115; Sublette had 111; Big Horn had 88; Crook had 77; Hot Springs had 58, and Niobrara had 50.
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.
All of Wyoming’s counties reported new confirmed cases Friday, with Natrona County reporting the largest increase in cases at 158.
The increase in confirmed cases brought to 23,347 the number of confirmed cases seen since the first coronavirus case was diagnosed in Wyoming in mid-March.
The increase of 102 in probable cases put the number of probable cases seen since March at 3,782. A probable case is one 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.
The growth in recoveries put the number of people to recover from confirmed or probable cases since the pandemic began at 16,316.